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WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 



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WAKE FOREST COLLEGE 

THE Z. SMITH REYNOLDS LIBRARY 




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1941-1953 




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MINUTES 

—OF THE— 

Alleghany Baptist 
Association 

FORTY-FOURTH ANNUAL SESSION 

HELD WITH 

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 

STRATFORD, N. C. 

SEPTEMBER 12, 13, 14, 1941 



Next Session Will Be Held With Bellview Baptist Church, 

Furches, N. C, on Friday before the Second 

Sunday in September, 1942 



INTRODUCTORY SERMON BY 

REV. N. M. GREENE, OF THE THREE FORKS 

ASSOCIATION, BOONE, N. C. 



life* 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1 

Directory Of Association 

A. O. Joines, Moderator Sparta, N. C. 

Van Miller, Clerk Laurel Springs, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

John M. Cheek, Chairman Sparta, N. C. 

Sowell Woodruff Cherry Lane, N. C. 

W. F. Doughton Laurel Springs, N. C. 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

1. Order of Business — J. H. Doughton, Dewey Sturdivant, 
Amos Wagoner. 

2. Ministerial Relef— Rev. W. H. Caldwell, Rev. C. H. Mc- 
Knight, Rev. A. K. Taylor 

3. Religious Literature — Mrs. J. T. Fender, Mrs. F. W. Royal, 
Mrs. M. A. Jones. 

4. Hospital — Mrs. W. P. Maxwell, Mrs. Carrie Mitchell, Mrs. 
Maggie Nuckolls. 

5. Orphanage — Mrs. T. S. Mcxley, Mrs. Wiley McMillan, Mrs. 
Lena Edwards. 

6. Missions' — Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. Glenn Richardson, Mrs. 
James Mitchell. 

7. Christian Education — Mrs. Grace Goodman, Mrs. Roy T. 
Burgiss, Mrs. Reece Miller. 

8. Temperance — G. R. Blackburn, W. F. Royal, Mrs. Maggie 
At wood. 

9. Cooperative Program — Mrs. Sam Porter, Mrs. D. C. Bled- 
soe; Mrs. Nora Lee Stuart. 

10. Resolutions Committee — Rev. V. W. Sears, R. L. Dough- 
ton, T. R. Burgiss, Hugh Choate. 

11. Representation of Biblical Recorder — Rev. G. R. Black- 
burn, Whitehead, N. C. 

12. Committee on Sunday Schools — W. B. Reeves, James 
Church, Homer Rector. 

Associational Sunday School Superintendent — T. C. Os- 
borne, Laurel Springs. 

13. Committee on Woman's Missionary Union — Mrs. V. W. 
Sears, Mrs. W. B. Estep, Mrs. Ben Reeves. 

Supeiuitendent of W. M. U. — Mrs. A. O. Joines, Sparta, 
N. C. 

14. Committee on Baptist Training Union — Miss Ivy Grace 
Doughton, Miss Nellie Goodman, Miss Phyllis Nuckolls. 

15. Committee on Whitehead Parsonage — J. T. Fender, J. 
McD. Wagoner, W. L. Edwards. 

16. Sparta Parsonage — W. F. Doughton, D. J. Jones, A. C. 
Dancy, D. C. Bledsoe, James Hoppers. 



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ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Roll of Churches and Messengers 

FORTY-FOURTH SESSION, 1941 

1. BELLVIEW 6. NEW HOPE 

2. CHESTNUT GROVE 7. NEW RIVER 

3. LAUREL SPREVGS ;"' 8. PINE FORK 

4. LIBERTY 9. SCOTTVILLE 

5. MOUNT CARMEL 10. SPARTA 

VISITORS RECOGNIZED AND WELCOMED 

Dr. I. G. Greer, Superintendent of Baptist Orphanage, Lib- 
erty Association. . J ,. j--. 

Mr. and Mrs. J, C. Pipes, of the Buncombe Association. 

Rev. J. C. Canipe, N. M. Greene and D. M. Edminsten, of 
the Three Forks Association. 

Rev. A. C. Ashjey, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wagoner, of the 
Ashe Association. 

Smith Hagaman, Supt. of the Baptist Hospital, Rev. Chas. 
E. Parker and Mrs. Carrie Jenkins, of the Pilot Mt. Association. 

Misses Eloise Downs, Emily Davis, Dorothy Elliott and Co- 
rinne Forehand, of the Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, N. C. 

Mrs. Bryant Taylor, of the New River Association. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Proceedings 



OF THE 
ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE 
NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 
STRATFORD, N. C. 
SEPTEMBER 12, 13, 14, 1941 
General Theme: The Uplifted Christ. 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 AT 10 O'CLOCK A. M. 

Session Theme: The Uplifted Christ and His Church. 

The forty-fourth annual session of the Alleghany Baptist 
Association was called to order by the Moderator, A. O. Joines. 

The roll call of churches and messengers followed, for which 
see preceeding page. 

Devotional services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Caldwell 
with scripture reading from Ephesians 6th chapter, and prayer. 

In the absence of the Clerk, Rev. C. R. Blackburn was elec- 
ted Clerk pro tempere and served as such throughout the meet- 
ings of the Association. 

On motion the Association adjourned until 1:30 p. m. as a 
token of respect to Bro. F. Miller, of the Laurel Springs Church 
.and the following were appointed as a committee to prepare proper 
resolutions of appreciation in memory cf our deceased brother 
whose son, Van Miller is Clerk of our Association: John M. 
Cheek; Rev. W. H. Caldwell, Mrs. Sam Porter, Rev. D. M. Ed- 
minsten. The Association then attended as a body to funeral cf 
Brother Miller at Laurel Springs Baptist Church. 

TRIBUTE OF RESPECT IN MEMORY OF F. MILLER 

The Alleghany Baptist Association, in session with New Hooe 
Church, has heard with deep sorrow of the death of Brother F. 
Miller who has long been identified with the interest and work 
cf the Association, and in appreciation of his life and services 
offers this resolution of respect: 

We have in submission to the will of our Heavenly Father 
who calls hence his faithful servant and pray that the memory 
of his life may be for us ah incentive to more faithful living and 
more loyal support cf the Kingdom of Righteousness. 

We extend to the bereaved family our prayerful sympathy 
in this hour of trial and pray for them the blessings of our Fa- 
ther who looks with pity upon his children. 

This resolution is to be recorded in the Minutes of this As- 
sociation, a copy to be sent to the family of our deceased brother 
and a copy to be supplied to the Biblical Recorder. 

Done by order cf the Association, Sept. 11, 1941. 

A. O. JOINES, Moderator 

REV. G. R. BLACKBURN, Clerk Pro Tern- 



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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1941, 1:30 P. M. 
Session Theme: The Uplifted Christ in a World Program. 

Devotional services were conducted by Rev. D. M. Edminsten 
with scripture reading from John 12:23-36, and prayer. 

The following were appointed a Nominating Committee: 
Rev. W. H. Caldwell, Rev. A. K. Taylor, Rev. Willie Ham, Mrs. 
Biddie Wagoner, Floyd Roupe, Paul Woodruff and George Per- 
ry. The committee reported the following nominated for offi- 
cers of the Association for the ensuing year: A. O. Joines. Mode- 
rator; Van Miller, Clerk and Treasurer; John M. Cheek; S. O. 
Woodruff and W. F. Doughton to be members of the Executive 
Committee; and the above were elected by vote of the Associa- 
tion. 

Report of the Executive Committee — The report was read 
by the chairman, John M. Cheek and was on motion adopted as 
follows: 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

During the Associational year which is now coming to an 
end we believe that progress has been made in carrying for- 
ward cur denominational work as a whole although not all that 
we hoped to do has been accomplished. 

We commend the movement to provide a Daily Vacation 
Bible School in each church of the Association and so important 
is this work that we ought not to fail next year to enroll even a 
greater number of children in these schools. We note a^so with 
satisfaction that a training course for Sunday School Teachers 
and Workers has been conducted in every church, with possibly 
one exception and this accomplishment ought to be enlarged 
next year as the Sunday School is the greatest agency of the 
church as a teaching and as an evangelistic agency and for char- 
acter-building. We commend also the loyal support given to the 
efficient and fruitful promotion of the work of the Woman's Mis- 
sionary Union and the work of the Training Union. 

Finally, we desire to express to Secretary M. A. Huggins 
and the Baptist General Board, our sincere appreciation for 
their untiring interest and generous support of our missionary 
endeavors in this Association, and we hope through their, con- 
tinued cooperation we may enlarge our undertakings, for next 
year and be able to attain success in our desire to reach and 
benefit more people in Alleghany county. We suggest as our 
motto for next year the words of Isaiah 54:2: "Enlarge the place 
cf thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine ha- 
bitations; spare not, lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy 
stakes." 

JOHN M. CHEEK, 
W. F. DOUGHTON, 
SOWELL WOODRUFF, 

Executive Committee 

The introductory sermon was preached by Rev. A. C. Ash- 
ley, of the Ashe Association, who used as a text Matthew 5:13-14, 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



"Ye are the salt of the ear + h — Ye are the light of the world". 

Committee appointed on T'me, Place and Preacher: Mrs. 
J. McD. Wagcner, Mrs. E. E. Caudill. Sowe'l Wocdruff. Mrs. 
Nan Edwards, John R. Joines and W. F. Doughton. The report 
which was adopted on motion was: 

COMMITTEE ON TIME, PLACE AND PSEACHER 

Place: Bsllview Church, Furches, N. C. 

Time: Friday before the second Sunday of September. 

Preacher: Rev. M. N. Green, of Threeforks Association, 
Bocne, N. C. 

W. F. DOUGHTON, for committee. 

Rev. J. C. Pipe represented the General Board of the State 
Convention and rpoke in place of M. A. Huggins, secretary, on 
the Cooperative Program of North Carolina ar.d Southern Bap- 
tists. 

Adjourned to meet Saturday at 10 o'clock a. m. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1941, AT 10 O'CLOCK A. M. 

Session Theme: The Uplifted Church in MLaslry to Human 
Neefs. 

Devotional services by Rev. G. R. Blackburn — reading Luke 
10:15-27, and prayer. 

Report on Religious Literature. This report was read by 
Mrs. W. B. Estep and on motion, after discussion by Rev. J. C. 
Car.ipe, was adopted as follows: 

REPORT OF RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

"Blessed is he that readeth", wrote St. John in Revelation 
1:3. When our homes are not supplied as they ought to be with 
good religious books, papers and magazines, we fail to inform 
ourselves about the progress cf our various churches and our 
state program of religious work. Our children are our greatest 
joys and we must provide in our homes, reading that will guide 
our children to the higher things in life. 

There is too much now in the way cf unwholesome read- 
ing; too many magazines that are corrupt and demoralizing. We 
urge upon our people more Bible reading and study. We com- 
mend without any reservation "The Biblical Recorder" and 
"Charity and Children". Our Sunday school literature published by 
the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention is 
unexcelled. There is none that is better. We strongly commend 
this good reading to our people, trusting that more people will 
do more reading. 

MRS. W. B. ESTEP, 

MRS. WALTER TAYLOR, Committee. 

Rev. G. R. Blackburn, Whitehead, N. C, was elected Asso- 
ciational Representative of Biblical Recorder. 

Brief reports from the churches were called for by the Mo- 
derator and the following reported for their respective churches: 
Bellview, Rev. G. R. Blackburn; Chestnut Grove, Rev. G. R. 
Blackburn; Laurel Springs, W. F. Doughton; Liberty, Mrs. E. 
E Caudill; Mt. Garmel, Charley Hanks; New Hope, Guy Bur- 
chette; New River, ; Pine Fork, Rev. Willie Ham; Scott- 



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ville, Dick Shepherd; Sparta, John M. Cheek. 

Report on Aid for Aged Ministers — Rev. V. W. Sears read 
this report, adopted en motion, as follows: 

REPORT ON AGED MINISTERS 

Our entire country is conscious of the great need for old 
age security. The Federal government has taken steps to secure 
this for the average working man, whatever his work may be. 
However, there is not, nor should there be under any circum- 
stances, governmental provision to take care of Baptist minis- 
ters who have reached the retirement age, or who have been 
forced by reason of their health or other circumstances to cease 
their ministerial work. 

Other denominations have made provisions for such minis- 
ters and several years ago Southern Baptists formulated a plan 
whereby was constituted the Relief and Annuity Board of the 
Southern Baptist Convention. This board is just what its name 
implies. It exists for the sole purpose of helping destitute and 
retired ministers. 

Of course it is necessary for young ministers and their 
churches to enter this plan so that those who are now eligible 
for help may receive that help. So if we would help take care 
of the retirement of those who have faithfully labored for us let 
us as churches and ministers enter this plan. 

This plan calls for 3% of the minister's salary to be paid 
by the church, 3% by the minister himself and 2% from the 
State Convention fund. As in other agencies of this type the 
member's retirement annuity or monthly income for life will 
depend upon his income up to the time of retirement. 

Last year, 1940, the Board paid benefits to the total of $415,- 
100.77. It is estimated that for 1941 the amount will approxi- 
mate $501,508.90. 

Respectfully submitted. 
Committee on Ministerial Relief, 
V. W. SEARS 

Report on Hospitals — Mrs. W. P. Maxwell made the report 
which, on motion, was adopted as follows: 

REPORT ON BAPTIST HOSPITAL 

The Baptist hospital is just now completing addi+ions to its 
plant that increases its bed capacity from 108 to 300. This will 
enable the hospital to treat 10,000 patients each year. Of this 
r umber, we may expect 3,300 of them will be service patients; 
that is ,not able to pay a hospital bill. 3,300 will be mothers who 
have been waiting for their return home, 10.000 children. If the 
present rate is maintained, 200 will be preachers for whom no 
charge has been made for the last two years or more. 

The hospital has a staff of 100 doctors; these are all specialists 
in the many fields of medicine and surgery. 

The hospital runs a well-equipped standard Training School 
for Nurses. These are taken from as nearly every section of the 
state as possible. A class of about 50 will be taken each year, 
making a school of 150. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



The Medical Building of the Bowman Gray School of Medi- 
c'ne of Wake Forest College is new completed and the Medical 
School will open the first of Sep + ember of this year. While the 
Medical School and the Hospital will be close'y related and mu- 
tually helpful in every department, they will remain separate 
institutions, controlled by separate Boards cf Directors and sup- 
ported from different sources. 

Everything contributed to the hospital goes to the support 
of the hospital exclusively. The Mother's Day offering bv the 
■churches is used entirely for the service of patients not finan- 
cially able to pay for treatment. 

The spiritual side of the hospital's service is stressed always. 
The hospital has a full- + ime pastor supplied by the generous do- 
ration of Mr. C. M. Scctt, of High Point. This pastor. Rev. 
Charles E. Parker, in addition to his many activities with the 
patients and their families and iriends, teaches a course in Bible 
in the Nurses Training School. 

The various organizations of our women and young people 
are rendering a vast service to the hospital in supplying linens 
of all kinds — such as sheets, pillow cases, towels, wash cloths 
and etc. 

Our vastly enlarged program, of course, will require in- 
creased support. 

Respectfully submitted, 
MRS. W. P. MAXWELL 

Rev. Y. W. Sears read the report of the Committee on Reso- 
lutions which was adopted as fellows: 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS 

The. Committee on Resolutions for. the Alleghany Associa- 
tion wishes to make the following proposals: 
Be it resolved that: 

1. That every church do everything possible to consolidate 
the marvelous work done in the Vacation Bible School work 
this past year by putting on a school in this coming year and 
expanding the work of the school as much as possible. 

2. That, since only three of our churches had Sunday schools 
t're entire year, every effort be made to keep up for the entire 
twelve months the Sunday schools started during the summer 
months and that where Sunday schools do not exist schools be 
organized and encouraged by the stronger churches of the Asso- 
ciation. 

3. That each church continue its special evangelistic efforts* 

Respectfully submitted, 
Resolution Committee, 

V. W. SEARS, Chairman. 
The Association extended a rising vote of thanks to members 
and friends of New Hope Church for their gracious and unfail- 
ing hospitality in entertaining the annual meeting of the Asso- 
ciation 

Report of Temperance — The report of the Committee on 
Temperance was read by Mrs. J. T. Fender and adopted as fol- 
lows 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION" 



REPORT ON TEMPERANCE 

The liquor bill of this nation is $4 000,000,000 annually, this 
being money absolutely destroyed, thrown away, burned uo, 
wasted. And the brewers and distillers spend annually $50,000,- 
000 in advertising in many different ways to encourage the ex- 
penditure cf the above huge amount for the liquor bill solely. 
Instead of having 177,000 old-time saloons as we had before the 
enactment of the 18th amendment, we now have about 500,003 
taverns, roadhouses and saloons which have made liquor-drink- 
ing highly popular by all classes, including women, children, 
boys and girls, and the patrons cf these beer and wine and liquor 
and dancing parlors have become the best customers of + he ABC 
hard hquor institutions. Sales of LEGAL liquor in North Caro- 
lina totaled $183,146. more in July, 1941, than in the 'Correspond- 
ing month, according to figures released by the chairman of 
Ihe s-fote alcoholic beverage control board. July sales totaled 
$635,680. in the 26 counties with legalized liquor stores. 

Sentiment against liquor, however, is growing throughout 
the state. The increase in drunkenness, cr'me and immorality 
in +he counties where liquor stores have operated has created 
intole v able conditions. Bootlegging still flourishes in those coun- 
t'-s. And the drvs in those counties are determined to call elec- 
tions and close their stores. 

Recently there appeared in one of our national'y-known 
magazines an advertisement by the House of Seagram extolling 
the virtues of the ,- r "fine" whiskies. In one corner of the adver- 
tisement in smaller print there was this warning, "Don't drive 
for six hours after you have had a drink." 

Let me conclude with this comment by Upton G. Wilson, 
who has been an invalid 34 years on account of an injury + o his 
back because of a drunken driver and therefore knows whereof 
he speaks. 

RAGWEEDS AND COCKLEBURS 
By Upton G. Wilson 

Two days ago in this column we mentioned Robert B. Stone, 
Jr., a 20-year-old Stoneville youth, whose back was broken in 
a highway accident for which a drunken driver was directly re- 
sponsible. If you have never had your back broke, have never 
faced a life of helpless invalidism, you don't know, you can't 
even imagine what this quiet, amiable young man has been 
needlessly made to suffer. 

We could tell you, if we chose, tell you from hard, bi + ter 
experience of the torture young Stone daily endures. We could 
tell you how he has had to give up the brave things he had 
planned to do with his life, how he must endure the pity, fre- 
quently the ill-concealed pity of friends and acquaintances, how 
he must look forward all the rest of his days, be they few or 
many, to utter physical helplessness. 

We could tell you how hard., how agonizingly hard, it is to 
adjust one's self to a life of helplessness. We could tell you, too, 
that no matter how great his physical suffering is, his mental 
suffering is even greater. We could tell you of the long, long 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



nights of the dragging interminable days, made tolerable only 
by body-easing and mind-numbing drugs. 

We could tell you — but, ah, God, should we? — of that most 
terrible of all tortures, the morale-shattering, the nerve-des- 
troying agony that will ccme when drugs are denied him and 
he must decide whether to keep on fighting cr to surrender to 
the mighty forces arrayed against him. 

More than this, we could tell you of what young Robert 
Stone is enduring and must ccnt'nue to endure, if he lives, but 
we shall say no more. We ask you to remember, however, tha + 
he is suffering the torments of the damned because it is smart 
to drink and then drive. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MRS. J. T. FENDER 

Hon. R. L. Doughtcn made, at the request of the Moderator, 
a short address on the work of the Alleghany Association. 

The inspirational address of the morning services was ably 
delivered by Rsv. J. C. Canipe. Bocne, N. C. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1941, 1:30 P. M. 

Devotional services were conducted by Rev. C. H. McKnight 
reading from the 4th Chapter of Ephesians; prayer by Rev. R. L. 
Stamper. 

Report of Obituaries was read by Rev. Wihie Ham: 

IN MEMORIAM 

Died During Asscciational Year 

Rufus Crouse, Mt. Carmel Church. 
Dr. C. A. Reeves, Sparta Church. 
W. B. Estep, Liberty Church. 
F. Miller, Laurel Springs Church. 

Report of Work of Woman's Missionary Union. This report 
was read by Mrs. A. O. Joines and adopted: 

REPORT OF W. M. U. (1941) 

The Woman's Miss : onary Unicn is ever building bridges of 
good will, understanding, prayer and stewardship; without 
which God's purpose to make the world a brotherhood of love 
can never be realized. We have been privileged to have a small 
part in helping this Association to be bridge builders for Him 
in this Missionary enterprise. 

Even as bridges which span the mighty waters must have 
sure, steady foundations, so must ours be undergirded with 
prayer. The three special seasons of prayer we observe are: for 
Home Missions, in March; State Missions, in September; and For- 
eign Missions, in December. 

If people cf the world are to become brothers and s'sters 
there must be a bridge of understanding. Some tools to be used 
are missionary magazines, mission study classes and best of all 
the Bible. 

What an indispensable bridge is the bridge of stewardship! 
We are taught to have and express gratitude to the Great Giver, 



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in order to share in life abounding. 

Of very definite importance is the bridge of personal service 
— extension of the Kingdom both here and in foreign lards. Our 
most earnest desire is expressed in our 1941 watchword, "That 
Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy salvation among all 
nations"— Psalm 67:2. 

The arnual meeting was he'd at New Hope and was one cf 
the most inspiring and best attended meetings held. All organ- 
izations were represented and a splendid program was rendered, 
the theme being: "Our Continuing Task — Making His Way 
Known". 

In a world torn by war and dictatorship ro doubt there was 
nev=r a more urgent need for gospel bridge? than there is today 
— "To teach all nations". Let us set our faces to the future, secure 
in the realization that the work is the Lord's. Whatever success 
we may have attained has come f r om obedience to Christ's Com- 
mands. In humility it is laid at His feet for H' : s Glory and the 
on going of the Kingdom in the Alleghany Association and to the 
utter-most parts of the earth. 

In this important bridge building business may we build for 
our youth as is expressed in this well known poem, by Joyce 
Kilmer: 

An old man travelling a lone highway, 
Came, at the evening cold and gray, 
To a chasm, cast and deep and wide. 
The Old man crossed in the twiligh + dim 
The sullen stream had no fear for him, 
But he turned, when safe on the other side, 
And built a bridge to span the tide. 

"Old man," said a fellow traveler ,near, 
You are wasting your strength building here; 
Your journey ends with the ending day, 
You never again shall pass this way, 
You've crossed the chasm deep and wide 
Why build you here at evening tide? 

The builder raised his old gray head, 

"Good Friend, in the path I've come", he said 

"There followeth after me today 

A youth whose feet must pass this way; 

The chasm that held no fear for me 

To that fair youth may a pitfall be. 

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim, 

Good friend, I am building this bridge for him". 

Respectfully submitted, 

MRS. R. E. RICHARDSON, 
MRS. A. O. JOINES, Committee. 



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Report on Christian Education — This report was read by- 
Mrs. C. A. Reeves and adopted: 

REPORT ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

Christian education may be considered to consist of two 
great branches or divisions. The first great division is Chris- 
tian Education by and in the church, such as Sunday Schools, 
Training Union and similar church teaching agencies and may 
very properly be termed religious education. The second great 
division is education in schools and colleges under christian in- 
fluence and direction. This is the kind of christian education 
considered in this report. 

No argument is now needed in defense of christian edu- 
cation since it is from christian schoo's and colleges that de- 
nominational leadership must so largely come. In North Caro- 
lina Baptists have two senior colleges: Wake Forest for men 
and Meredith for women. The junior colleges are: Chowan. 
Mars Hill, Campbell, Wingate and Boiling Springs. Baotist hi<*h 
schools in North Carolina have been discontinued owing to the 
great development of state public high schools. 

At the present time Southern Baptists have 67 colleges and 
universities and three excellent theological schools, the com- 
bined valuation and endowments of which are more than 73 
million dollars. In the history of our schools the largest enroll- 
ment was reached last year with a total of more than 34 thous- 
and students. Our theological schools also had their best year. 
Such a report is very gratifying. These institutions are worthy 
of our support and our prayers. They are doing a great work to 
advance the coming of the kingdom of heaven and the reign of 
righteousness. 

MRS. R. L. DOUGHTON, 

MRS. C. A. REEVES, Committee. 

Report on Baptist Training Union — This report was present- 
ed by Tom Greene and adopted: 

REPORT OF B. T. U. WORK 

1. Scottville only church that has carried en a union through 
the year — 3 departments. 

2. Part Time — Sparta, Laurel Springs and New Hope. 

Possib'lities 

1. At least one union in every church. 

The inspirational address of the afternoon session was elo- 
quently presented by Dr. I. G. Greer, Superintendent of the Bap- 
tist Orphanage. 

RESOLUTION IN REGARD TO PARSONAGES 

Be it resolved, that Van Miller, Dan Jones, Dick Shepherd, 
Ben Reeves and F. W. Cheek shall be and are hereby constitut- 
ed a committee of five to offer for sale the Associational Par- 
sonage located at Sparta and that the said committee shall make 
report with its recommendations to the Executive Committee of 
the Association. If the said Executive Committee shall approve 



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the sale, then the committee is authorized and directed to exe- 
cute a deed to the purchase. In the event the said property is 
sold, the treasurer of this Association shall receive and hold all 
funds received from said sale and disburse the same upon the 
written order of the Executive Committee, all such funds to be 
used solely for the erection of a new associational parsonage on 
a site to be furnished by Sparta Baptist Church without cost to 
the Association. 

The said treasurer is required to make a report to the next 
annual association and to execute a bond for the safe handling 
of such funds as may be required by the Executive Committee. 
In the event of a vacancy in the above named committee, the 
vacancy shall be filled by the Executive Committee. 

The above named Committee is also requested and directed 
to consider the advisability of selling a suitable portion of the 
Whitehead Parsonage lands and shall report its findings to the 
Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall report its 
recommendations to the next annual session of the Association. 

Adjourned to meet Sunday at 10 o'clock a. m. 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1941 AT 10 O'CLOCK A. M. 

Session Theme: The Uplifted Christ! in Our Worship. 

Devotional exercises conducted by Rev. V. W. Sears. 

Special music by nurses from Baptist Hospital. 

Inspirational address by Smith Hagaman, Superintendent 
of the Baptist hospital. 

The final sermon was preached by Rev. Charles E. Parker, 
pastor of Baptist hospital. 

The session was closed with prayer. 

IN MEMORIAM 
RUFUS A. CROUSE 

Rufus A. Crouse was born August 28, 1882, and died Jan- 
uary 3, 1939 — age 56 years, 4 months and 6 days. He was mar- 
ried to Jennie Kennedy, September 13, 1903. To this union were 
born the following children: Gladys, Bert and Russell, all of 
whom survive. 

He joined Mt. Carmel Baptist church on Saturday before 
the fourth Sunday in August, 1901 and remained a faithful and 
loyal member until death. He was deacon in his church for sev- 
eral years. 

He was in declining health for several years but seriously 
ill for about seven weeks. He bore his suffering with patience 
and while he wanted to stay with his family, he was submissive 
to God's Will and was willing and ready to go when the final 
call came. 

He has been greatly missed in his church, his home and his 
community, but we feel that our loss is his eternal gain. 

WILBORN B. ESTEP 

In his infinite wisdom, God has seen fit to remove from our 
midst our friend and his servant, Wilborn B. Estep, son of Hi- 
ram J. and Mary Estep, who was born Sept. 22, 1874 and died 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 13 

March 8, 1941, at the age of 66 years, five months and sixteen 
days. 

Liberty church has suffered a great loss in the passing of 
W. B. Estep. 

As superintendent of the Sunday school, as church clerk, 
and as a Christian citizen of the community, his life was a source 
of in-niration ard a mighty force for good. 

The loss of the county's only retired mail carrier is felt very 
kesnly in the community and in the church. 

We wish to acknowledge our gratitude for his constructive 
and consecrated life dedicated to the upbuilding of his home, 
community and church. 

MRS. A. O. JOINES 
MRS. J. T. FENDER, 
MRS. F. W. CHEEK, 
Committee for Church. 

o 



CONSTITUTION 

1. This body shall be called the Alleghany Baptist Associa- 
tion. 

2. The object of this Association shall be an organized ef- 
fort to unite the churches in more efficient work of the spread 
of the Gospel in our bounds and in all the world, and in this 
work the Association will cooperate with the Baptist State con- 
vent' on of North Carolina. 

3. The members of this body shall be all the ordained min- 
isters of the churches composing this Association and three del- 
egates from each, who shall bring a letter certifying their ap- 
pointment and giving statistics of the membership and work of 
the churches. 

4. At each annual session of the body there shall be elected 
a Moderator, a Clerk and Treasurer in such a way as the As- 
sociation may direct. The last two offices may be held by one 
member. 

5. The Moderator shall preside at the meetings, preserve or- 
der, appoint committees, and perform other duties as are usual- 
ly required of presiding officers. 

6. The Clerk shall keep a correct record of" all proceedings 
of the body and superintend the printing and distributing to the 
body these proceedings. 

7. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds sent up to 
our Association, pay them out as the Association may direct, 
and make a report at each annual session. 

8. The Association shall hold annual meetings at such times , 
and places as may be agreed upon. 

9. At each annual meeting, the Executive Committee of 
three brethren who shall look after the destitution in the bound 
and cooperate with the State Mission Board of the Baptist S + ate 
Convention making the next session a report of the work done, 
and of the general state of mission work. 



14 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

10. At each annual session there shall be appoin + ed a com- 
mittee to make report at the subsequent session on the foHcw- 
ing subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Missions, 
Education, Baptist Orphanage, Periodicals and Sunday Schools. 

11. Each annual session shall be introduced by a sermon by 
seme brother previously appointed. 

12. The Association will not receive nor retain in perma- 
nent fellowship any church that retains in its fellowship any 
one who is disorderly in doctrine or practice, or who uses, makes, 
sells, or in any way deals in spirits as a beverage. 

13. This constitution may be amended by a vote cf two 
thirds of the members present at any annual session. 

14. It shall be the duty of this body to appoint a committee 
to confer with any sister" church or churches which fail to re- 
present for two successive years, and report to the Association 
at next regular session. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each session shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. When the Moderator calls the Association to order every 
member shall at once take his seat. 

3. When a member wishes to speak, he shall arise and ad- 
dress the Moderator, and not proceed until he is recognized. 

4. No member shall speak more than twice on any one sub- 
ject except by permission of the body and then not over fifteen 
minutes. 

5. No member shall leave the body during its session with- 
out permission of the Moderator. 

6. It will be counted disorder for any member to stand up, 
leave the house or hold private conversation while the Mode- 
rator or any member is speaking. 



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MINUTES 

—OF THE— 

Alleghany Baptist 
Association 



Next Session Will Be Held With Sparta Baptist Church, 
Sparta, N. C, on September 10-12, 1943 

INTRODUCTORY SERMON BY 
REV. W. T. WHITTINGTON, 

West Jefferson, N. C. 

ALTERNATE: G. R. BLACKBURN 



I 

I 

FORTY-FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION j 

! 

HELD WITH j 

BELLVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH J 

FURCHES, N. C. I 

SEPTEMBER 12, 13, 1942 j 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1 

Directory Of Association 

F. W. Royal, Moderator Cherry Lane, N. C. 

Van Miller, Clerk Laurel Springs, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

W. F. Doughton, Chairman Laurel Springs, N. C. 

U. S. My^rs C.tron, N. C. 

J. McD. Wagoner Whitehead, N. C. 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

1. Order of Business — Dewey Sturdiva.-.t, J. H. Doughton, 
George Perry. 

2. Ministerial Relief— Rev. W. H. Caldwell, Rev. A. K. Tay- 
lor and Rev. William Ham. 

3. Religious Literature — Mrs. F. W. Royal, Mrs. M. A. Jones, 
Miss Phyllis Nuckolls. 

4. Hospital — Mrs. T. S. Moxley, Mrs. Maggie Nuckolls, Mrs. 
Wiley McMillan. 

5. Orphanage — Mrs. Van Miller, Mrs. Lena Edwards, Rev. 
Lee Woodruff. 

6. Mission— Mrs. C. A. Reeves, Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. V. W. 
Sears. 

7. Christian Education — Mrs. Reece Miller, Mrs. Grace Good- 
man, Mrs. James Mitchell. 

8.Temperance — Mrs. L. V. Jcines, Mrs. Maggie At a cod, Mrs. 
Sam Perry. 

9. Cooperative Program — Mrs. Sam Porter, Dr. Roy Burgiss, 
Mrs. Oscar Perry. 

10. Resolutions— Dr. N. D. Fox, Rev. C. H. McKnight, Mrs. 
Clinton HaLsey. 

11. Representative of Biblical Records — Mrs. R. E. Richard- 
son. 

12. Sunday Schools — T. C. Osborne, Charlie Pollard, Mrs. 
Leff Edwards. 

13. Woman's Missionary Union — Mrs. W. B. Estep, Mrs. 
Ben Reeves Mrs. Glenn Richardson. 

14. Training Union — Miss Ivy Grace Doughton, Mr. J. F. 
Roberts, Mrs. Hardin Spencer. 

15. Whitehead Parsonage— J. T. Fender, F. W. Cheek, Enoch 
Ham. 

16. Sparta Parsonage — J. M. Cheek, Rev. V. W. Sears, M. A. 
Goodman. 

Roll of Churches arid Messengers 

FORTY-FIFTH SESSION, 1942 

1. BELLV1EW 6. NEW HOPE 

2. CHESTNUT GROVE 7. NEW RIVER 

3. LAUREL SPRINGS 8. PINE FORK 

4. LIBERTY 9. SCOTTVILLE 

5. MOUNT CARMEL 10. SPARTA. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Proceedings 

OF THE 

ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

HELD WITH THE 

BELL VIEW BAPTIST CHURCH 

FURCHES, N. C. 
SEPTEMBER 12, and 13, 1942. 
General Theme: The Living Christ. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 10:00 A. M. 
Theme of Session: The Living: Christ and His Church. 
The forty-fifth annual session of the Alleghany Baptist As- 
sociation wa.s called to order by the Moderator, A. O. Joines. 
Devotional Services were conducted by Rev. G. R. Blackburn. 

VISITORS RECOGNIZED AND WELCOMED 

Clyde Gresn, Watauga County. 
M. O. Alexander, The Raleigh Association. 
R. C. Ashley. The Ashe Association. 
M. D. Hart. The Ashe Association. 
Brother Baker. Burnsville. 

Rev. N. M. Green, The Three Forks Association. 
The Moderator appointed the following committees: 

Committe on time and place: McD. Wagoner, V. W. Sears, 
Mrs. Royal. 

Resolut'ons Committee: Mrs. V. W. Sears, Mrs. A. O. Joines, 
Mrs. Alice Caudill. 

Nominating Committee: (For Moderator. Clerk and Execu- 
tive Committee): J. M. Cheek, Chairman, T. S. Moxley, C. E. 
Joms, Willie Ham. 

Report of Churches: Bellview, G. R. Blackburn; Chestnut 
Grove, G. R. Blackburn; Laurel Springs, W. F. Doughton; Lib- 
erty, Mrs. E, E. Caudill; Mt. Carmel, Lee Woodruff; New Hope, 
W. H. Caldwell; New River, No one present; Pine Fork, Willie 
Ham; Scottville, W. H. Caldwell; Sparta, V. W. Sears. 

REPORT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

F. W. Royal was nominated and elected Moderator and Van 
Miller nominated and re-elected Clerk, with the understanding 
that the present Moderator continue this session. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

That the Committee on Resolutions in regard to Parsonage 
(Van Miller, Dan Jones, Dick Shepherd, Ben Reeves, and F. W. 
Cheek) be continued for one year. This report was made by 
Professor J. M. Cheek and adopted. 

Report of the Cooperative Program was made and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM COMMITTEE 

Your Cooperative Program Committee has made a definite 
attempt this year to reach every Baptist home in the Association. 
In form letters to individual members and letters to the church 



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■clerks, the committee listed the purposes of the program and 
urged the churches to meet their suggested or selected goals. 

The Alleghany Baptist Association receives a great deal of 
benefit from the state board in the way of financial remunera- 
tions for our pastors, assistance in conducting revivals, help in 
Bible schools, and general advice and guidance. It is th= hope 
of this committee and of many members of our churches that 
the churches of this association will soon be able to stand alone 
financially. Until that time let us do all in our power to show 
our appreciation for the assistance received by setting our goals 
sufficiently high to challenge us to more Christian giving. 

By the Committee 

Discussion by Rev. M. O. Alexander. 

Sermon by Rev. N. M. Green of Three Forks Aassociation. 
Reading from Matthew 28, text taken from Vers;s 16 ani 20. 
AFTERNOON SESSION: (1:30 P. M.) 

Devotional by Rev. V. W. Sears, reading from Psalm 62. 

The report on Religious literature, made by Mrs. J. T. 
Fender, was adopted. 

REPORT OF RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

The outstanding Religeous Publications made possible for 
our North Carolina Baptist people in particular, some of them 
are as follows: Sunday School Literature, Charily and Chiidien 
Biblical Recorder. 

There should be in all of our homes and carefully read, 
that we may distinguish between the low and course and the 
noble and spiritual. 

Let me illustrate — A few days ago, a mother who's young 
son had joined a church but not a frequent attendant was ques- 
tioning, him, why he woudn't attend church and he replied that 
parts of his pastors sermon was a reproduction of "Wild West 
Stories" for he too had read them. 

Moral: The shepherd as well as his flock, should let reli- 
geous literature predominate in their homes, for what you read 
will surely be colored by what you speak. 

Respectfully submitted, 
MRS. J. T. FENDER 

An oral report on Sunday Schools was made by T. C. Os- 
borne and was adopted. 

The report of the Women's Missionary Union was made by 
Mrs. A. O. Joines and was adopted. 

REPORT OF W. M. U. (1942) 

The Woman's Missionary Union very definately carries out 
the theme of this afternoon "The living Christ in the ministry 
of theaching and the ministry of human needs." 

Without a doubt the Woman's Missionary Society with its 
junior ogranizations is the greatest mission teaching organiza- 
tion in the church. Mission study classes are taught, and the 
Bible and missionary magazines are the chief sources of the 
monthly programs presented. 

It is with gratitude that we note evidences of growth and 



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progress in our work. Gifts to missions, to the Cooperative pro- 
gram. Hundred Thousand Club, have been increased over the 
lear before. All of the Women's Missionary Societies have raised 
funds to be used in purchasing New Testaments to give to the 
young men leaving for military service. A society recently sent 
liner. s to the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. In addition to 
these, countless little kindnesses are being rendered to the sick 
and needy in our own local communities. 

The Woman's Missionary Society has been represented at 
each divisional meeting since the Wilkesboro Division was cre- 
ated in 1940. The Superintendent attended the Superintendents 
Conference in Raleigh in November which was a new feature 
in the st;te work. This association has been represented at the 
last two State W. M. U. Conventions. The meetings were in- 
structive and helpful and we trust the work, here, may be great- 
ly strengthened by these contacts. 

Our annual meeting was held in Sparta. The women of 
that fine new church proved their hospitality by their thought- 
fulness of our every need and comfort and served a bountiful 
lunch. Our guest speakers, Mrs. D. W. Briggs of Raleigh and 
Mrs. E. C. James, of Elkin, laid on the hearts of those who heard 
them the need of obedience to our 1942 watchword, "Oh, send 
out Thy light and Thy truth." 

Miss Myrtle Zentmeyer, field worker from Raleigh, spent 
several days here in August visiting each organization and de- 
livering i" spiring addresses. We sincerely believe she did some 
constructive work that will yield results in the future. 

Doubtless through the coming years difficulties will loom 
up, but we must in Him be greater than the difficulties. With 
the world gastly with hate and destruction, we must reach across 
the barriers of war and give the light of the Living Christ to 
outstretched hands. 

Tne missionary enterprize must needs go on. If uprooted 
in one field, it must be transplanted in virgin fields. Closed 
dcors in Japan and countries of Europe mean open doors in 
South America and other lands. 

A world in upheavel calls for a. reconciliation of self, talents, 
time, and substance. May we pledge ourselves to a deeper per- 
sonal consecration, to more comprehensive prayer life that His 
light may illuminate the world again. 

Respectfully submitted, 
MRS. A. O. JOINES 

The report of the resolution committee was made and was 
adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS 

Be it resolved: 

1. That each church seek to improve and extend its work 
in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and in Evangelistic 
Meetings. 

2. That each church endeaver to increase its giving for pas- 
toral support and for missions. 

3. That, regardless of how world conditions may effect us, 



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we shall do our best to carry on Gods work in our churches, 
in the Association, and in our Missionary Program. 

By the Committee 
The report on aged ministers which was made by W. H. 
Caldwell and discussed by A. O. Joines was adopted. 

REPORT ON AGED MINISTERS 

Psalms 71-9: Cast me not off in time of old age. Forsake 
me not when my strength faileth. 

Those old ministers that have so faithfully labored before 
us for the Master, have reached the place in life where strength 
has failed them. They can no longer minister to the people. 

Southern Baptist saw the need of taking care of this and 
they marked out a plan whereby they will be taken of. We^ as 
church people can have a part in this great cause by entering 
this plan. They need our help now so may we do something. 

I was in need and ye visited me not. 

Respectfully submitted, 
REV. W. H. CALDWELL 

The report on the Hospital made by Mrs. W. P. Maxwell 
was adopted. 

REPORT ON BAPTIST HOSPITAL 

The last three years have been eventful in the expansion of 
the hospital. Three years ago the hospital had a bed capacity 
of 100 and by pvercrowding, we were caring for about 4,000 
patients per year. 

Today, we have a modernly constructed and equiped hos- 
pital with a bed capacity of almost 10,000 patients annually, and 
now caring for about 650 patients per month. Owing to a short- 
age of nurses caused by war conditions, the hospital has been 
unable to open a few rooms. 

We have this year not less than 2,500 service or free pa- 
tients. This will represent, including hospital and medical ser- 
vice, about $250,000 in free service for this year. 

We have a staff of 26 interns and about 100 doctors practic- 
ing in the hospital. In addition, it has the free service of the 
entire staff of the Medical School whenever desired for consul- 
tation and diagnosis. Every department is throughly organized 
to give the most efficient service possible. 

The equipment, as well as the building, is entirely modern. 
The hospital recently aded $20,000 worth of new instruments to 
the operating rooms and $44,000 worth of X-Ray equipment, 
making an X-Ray department "None better in the Soutn." 

The hospital, in conjunction with the Medical School, has a 
floor-space of four acres and represents a value to the denomi- 
nation of $2,000,000 with only a very small amount of indebted- 
ness. 

The purpose of the hospital shall remain as ever — to give 
hospital treatment to those who are unable to pay for same, 
educate nurses with Christian ideals, and at the sametime, main- 
tain a standard of scientific efficiency" second to none in the 
country." It is the abiding purpose of the management that it 



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shall be definitely a Christian Institution with all that it im- 
plies. 

The greatly expanded service which is growing more and 
more into everv section of the state, of course, requires an in- 
creased support. This, we are glad to report, is growing year 
by year. In addition to the Mother's Day offering by the churches 
and Sunday Schools, which has increased in the last few years 
from $11,500 to about $38,000 this year, the hospital linens con- 
tributed by the W. M. IPs. and other church agencies has in- 
creased year by year. 

Respectfully submitted, 
MRS. W. P. MAXWELL 
The report on Temperance, by G. R. Blackburn, was adopted. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE 

Interperance is a great evil that should merit the disap- 
proval of all Christian men and women. It is a fatal injury to 
the body and a curse to the soul. 

Seeing and realizing that the liquor traffic is wrecking 
homes and blighting the lives of those who participate in the 
use of intoxicating drinks, we urge God's people to take a firm 
stand for Him and against this great evil. Whiskey would de- 
st.oy the church if it could and the church of Christ could 
destroy this awful liquor traffic if it would. 

While we are at war, let us not go down as other nations 
have in the past because of intemperance, but let us as Chris- 
tians and as followers of the Living Christ 'free our boys in 
camp and the young people at home of this evil that they may 
in a better way protect from those who seek to destroy us. 
Wine is a mocker and strong drink is raging whosoever is de- 
ceived thereby is not wise. 

Respectfully submitted, 
G. R. BLACKBURN 

The committee on Time and Place of the next meeting gave 
their report which was adopted. 

COMMITTEE ON TIME. PLACE AND PREACHER 

Place: Sparta Baptist Church, Sparta, N. C. 

Time: Friday preceding the second Sunday in September, 
1943. 

Words of Respect by W. F. Doughton for those that have 
passed during the past year: F. Miller, Sowell Woodruff, C. L. 
Upchurch and Mattie Austin. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

The Executive Committee desires to record our deep sense 
of the loss of one of its most honored and valued members in 
the deat of Brother Sowell Woodruff who served for many years 
faithfully and loyaly as a member of the committee and who 
for half a hundred years supported and furthered the work of 
this church and of this Association. 

The Committee desires again to thank Secretary Huggins 
and the General State Mission Board for their interest and sup- 



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port in carrying forward the missionary work of the association 
and to express the hope that we may have their continued co- 
operation through the coming vear. We r.eed to plan our work 
now wisely and to carry on more effectively. 

We desire heartly to commend these pastors and churches 
which have held Daily Vacation Bible Schools this year and we 
want to plan to enlarge this work for the year to come. Sunday 
School training courses for Sunday School teachers so as not to 
be neglected. We commend the effective and useful work of the 
Woman's Missionary Union and hope that the Young People's 
Training Union mav be enlarged and strengthened. We are _lad 
to report that each church in the Association has held Evange- 
listic meetings this year and are suggesting that each church 
shall do likewise in the coming year and that their services 
shall be prayerfully prepared and adequately brought to the 
attention of all the people and that we acknowledge our entire 
dependence upon the Holy Spirit for guidance and for all suc- 
cess which we hope to attain. 

JOHN M. CHEEK 
W. F. DOUGHTON 
Executive Committee 
Address of the afternoon, by Smith Hagama-.. Supt. of N. C. 
Baptist Hospital. The address was very inspirational. 

EVENING SESSION, 8:30 P. M. 

In the absence of the Moderator, G. R. Blackburn acted. 
After song service, Willie Ham conducted devotionals, read.ng 
from Luke 6 — 46 to 49. 

Sermon: by Rev. Ray T. Baker, reading from Revelations, 
3rd Chapter, using as text Luke 24 — 5 and 6. 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 10:00 A. M. 
Session Theme: The Living Christ in Worship Services. 

Boys Quartett from Orphanage Introduced: Each spoke 
briefly of his life at the orphanage, after which they rendered 
special selection "I Want My Life To Tell for Jesus." 

Standing Committees were named: (See Committee) 

Special Selection by Orphanage Quartett. 

Introduction of Speaker of the Morning: Introduction by 
W. F. Doughton of I. G. Green, Supt. Baptist Orphanage of 
North Carolina, who brought a most inspiring message; reading 
from Psalm 1, using as a text "He Shall Be Like a Tree." 

Benediction Pronounced: by W. H. Caldwell. 

The report on Orphanage, by Mrs. T. S. Moxley, report was 
adopted. 

REPORT OF THE ORPHANAGE 

Of all the objects that appeal to human sympathy and 
Christian love, none come so near being universal as that of 
the orphan child. "Pure religion and undefiled before God and 
the Father is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their 
afflictions and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." To 
be fatherless and motherless in childhood means that a living 



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soul must depend upon the love, help and sympathy of others. 

Our Baptist Orphanage at Thomasville and Ki.nston cares 
far about eight hundred of these orphan boys and girls. Under 
the leadership of Supt. I. G. Green these children are trained 
to go out in the world and take their places in a most efficient 
ma.'.ner. 

Last year the lsdies of our Association filled around 100 
dozen half-dozen jars of food for the orphanage, which were 
gla.ly received and the Association given credit for the amount. 
This vesr about the same number has been distributed and are 
soon to be collected to be taken to the Orphanage. 

A number of our Sunday Schools make regular contri- 
butions to the Orphanage. 

We therefore urge every Christian to give of their means 
and prayers to the great work and let us all renew our faith 
in helping the orphan children and giving them a chance in life. 

Respectfully submitted, 
MRS. T. S. MOXLEY 

IN MEMORIAM 

Brother Sowell Woodruff was born March 25, 1863, departed 
th's life January 1, 1942. He was converted and united by ex- 
perience and baptism with Mt. Carmel Baptist Church on Satur- 
day before the fourth Sunday in September 1891, where he re- 
mained a consistent and loyal member until death. 

It is needless to say that Mt. Carmel Church feels a heavy 
loss in his passing. He served the church as a consecrated and 
devoted member for more than 50 years, and as clerk for nearly 
16 years. He was a faithful attendant of the Alleghany Asso- 
ciation, very seldom failing to attend every session. He served 
on the Executive Committee of the Association for several years, 
and has already been missed in this year's Associational meet- 
ings. 

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from hence- 
forth; Yea, sayeth the Spirit, that they may rest from their 
labors; and their works do follow them." 

Written by, 
F. W. ROYAL 



CONSTITUTION 

1. This body shall be called the Alleghany Baptist Associa- 
tion. 

2. The object of this Association shall be an organized effort 
to unite the churches in more efficient work of the spread of 
the Gospel in our bounds and in all the world, and in this work 
the Association will cooperate with the Baptist State Conven- 
tion of North Carolina. 

3. The members of this body shall be all the ordained min- 
isters of the churches composing this Association and three dele- 
gates from each, who shall bring a letter certifying their ap- 
pointment and giving statistics of the membership and work of 
the churches. 



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4. At each annual session of the body there shall be elected 
a Moderator, a Clerk and Treasurer in such way as the Associa- 
tion may direct. The last two offices may be held by one mem- 
ber. 

5. The Moderator shall preside at the meetings, preserve 
order, appoint committees, and perform such other duties as 
are usually required of presiding officers. 

6. The Clerk shall keep a correct record of all proceedings 
of the body and superintend the printing and distribution to 
the body these proceedings. 

7. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds sent up to 
our Association, pay them out as the Association may direct, 
and make a report at each annual session. 

8. The Assocition shall hold annual meetings at such times 
and places as may be agreed upon. 

9. At each annual meeting, the Executive Committee of three 
brethren who shall look after the destitution in the bound and 
cooperate with the State Mission Board of the Baptist State 
Convention on making the next session a report of the work 
done, and of the general state of mission work. 

10. At each annual session there shall be appointed a com- 
mittee to make report at the subsequent session on the follow- 
ing subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Missions, 
Education, Baptist Orphanage, Periodicals and Sunday Schools. 

11. Each annual session shall be introduced by a sermon by 
some brother previously appointed. 

12. The Association will not receive nor retain in perman- 
ent fellowship any church that retains in its fellowship any one 
who is disorderly in doctrine or practice, or who uses, makes, 
sells, or in any way deals in spirits as a beverage. 

13. This constitution may be amended by a vote of two- 
thirds of the members present at any annual session. 

14. It shall be the duty of this body to appoint a committee 
to confer with any sister church or churches which fail to rep- 
resent for two successive years, and report to the Association 
at next regular session. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each session shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. When the Moderator calls the Association to order every 
member shall at once take his seat. 

3. When a member wishes to speak, he shall arise and ad- 
dress the Moderator, and not proceed until he is recognized. 

4. No member shall speak more than twice on any one sub- 
ject except by permission of the body and then not over fifteen 
minutes. 

5. No member shall leave the body during its session with- 
out permission of the Moderator. 

6. It will be counted disorder for any member to stand up, 
leave the house or hold private conversation while the Modera- 
tor or any member is speaking. 






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MINUTES 



—OF THE— 

Alleghany Baptist 
Association 

FORTY-SIXTH ANNUAL SESSION 

HELD WITH 

SPARTA BAPTIST CHURCH 
SPARTA, N. C. 

SEPTEMBER 11, 12, 1943 
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Next Session Will Be Held With Mt. Carmel Church 

Cherry Lane, N. C. 

(Near Highway No. 21, 10 Miles South Of Sparta, N. C.) 

September 9, 10, 1944 



INTRODUCTORY SERMON BY 



REV. L. E. SPARKS 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1 

Directory Of Association 

John M. Cheek, Moderator Sparta, N. C. 

Dr. T. Roy Burgiss, Vice-Moderator Sparta, N. C. 

Van Miller, Clerk and Treasurer Laurel Springs, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

W. F. Doughton, Chairman Laurel Springs, N. C. 

J. McD. Wagoner Whitehead, N. C. 

Dr. N. D. Fox Sparta, N. C. 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

1. Religious Literature — Mrs. Hugh Choate, Mrs. F. W. Royal, 
and Mrs. Maggie Nuckolls. 

2. Representative of Biblical Recorder — Mrs. R. E. Richard- 
son. 

3. Ministerial Relief and Annuity — Rev. R. L. West, Rev. G. 
R. Blackburn, and Rev. Willie Ham. 

4. Orphanage — Mrs. Van Miller, Mrs. C. A. Reeves, and Mrs. 
Wiley McMillan. 

5. Hospital— Mrs. T. S. Moxley, Mrs. W. P. Maxwell, and Mrs. 
Leila Greene Wagoner. 

6. Christian Education — A. O. Joines, J. K. Blum and Miss 
Ivy Grace Doughton. 

7. Temperance — Mrs. J. T. Fender, Mrs. D. J. Jones, and Mrs. 
Sam Porter. 

8. Woman's Missionary Union — Mrs. Ben G. Reeves, Ms. 
Glenn Richardson and Mrs. W. A. Atwood. 

9. Missions: (Foreign, Home, State)— Mrs. R. L. West, Mrs. F. 
Miller, and Mrs. W. B. Estep. 

10. Training Union — Miss Hazel Lee Taylor, Tom G. Greene, 
and Miss Patsy Roy Burgiss. 

11. Sunday Schools — T. C. Osborne, Mrs. Left Edwards, and 
Mrs. Alice Caudill. 

12. Director Woman's Missionary Union — Mrs. A. O. Joines. 

13. Whitehead Parsonage — J. T. Fender, F. W. Cheek, and 
Enoch Ham. 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Richard L. West l Sparta, N. C. 

W. H. Caldwell Sparta, N. C. 

G. R. Blackburn Whitehead, N. C. 

William Ham Laurel Springs, N. C. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Proceedings 



The forty-sixth annual session of the Alleghany Baptist As- 
sociation met with the Sparta Baptist Church on September 11th 
at 10 A. M. 

The congregation joined heartily in singing the hymn, "How 
Firm A Foundation", after which W. F. Doughton conducted the 
devotional. 

The Moderator, F. W. Royal, asked for Roll Call and report 
of churches: 

Belview Church reported by G. R. Blackburn; Chestnut 
Grove by G. R. Blackburn; Laurel Springs by W. F. Doughton; 
Liberty by Mrs. Mc D. Wagoner; Mount Carmel by G. R. Black- 
burn; New Hope by W. H. Caldwell; New River — no report; 
Fine Fork by W. M. Ham; Scottville by W. H. Caldwell: Sparta 
by R. L. West. 

The Moderator appointed the following committees: 
Nomination Committee: J. M. Cheek, Chairman; J. McD. 
Wa?oner, D. J. Jones. 

Committee on Committees: Rev. G. R. Blackburn, Chairman; 
U. S. Myers, R. A. Wyatt 

Visitors of other Associations recognized and welcomed: 
J. C. Canipe, of the Three Forks Association, Watauga Coun- 
ty; W. T. Whittington — Lebanon Association. Damascus, Va.; 
Marvian Lyon — Stone Mountain Association; Mrs. I. G. Greer, of 
Thorn asville. 

The Feport on Religious Literature was discussed bv R. L. 
West. The following report was given by Mrs. R. E. Richard- 
son and adopted: 

REPORT ON RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

We are very happy to be able to give a good report on the 
Biblical Recorder this year. The circulation of the paper since 
August, 1942, has increased rapidly. The present circulation 
approximates 18,000, which means a net gain since last August 
of more than 7,000. For this increase we are profoundly grate- 
ful to God and to the pastors and leaders of North Carolina Bap- 
tists who have supported the paper enthusiastically and have 
done what they could to get into the homes of the people. We 
want to express our appreciation to General Secretary M. A. 
Huggins and all the State workers for the great help which they 
have rendered. 

The paper has also shown good progress financially. The 
State Convention very generously agreed to grant to the Re- 
corder a thousand dollars a month, but we are happy to report 
that we have had to call on the Convention for not more than 
fifty per cent of this amount, practically all of which has been 
used to pay for paper on which the Recorder is printed. We 
should like very much for the Recorder to be entirely self-sup- 
porting; but We are getting out such a high quality paper, and 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



in many cases sending it to the people for less than cost, that it 
is rather difficult to do this. However, the important thing is 
to get out a good wholesome paper and to get it into the homes 
of our Baptist people. 

The Recorder has three simple subscription plans: $2.00 a 
year for individual subscriptions; $1.50 a year for clubs — a min- 
imum of at least three subscriptions is required for every church 
reporting less than a hundred members, and five subscriptions 
for every church reporting more than a hundred members; $1.20 
a year for the budget or family pain — one subscription for each 
active, resident church- family is required. We hope that pas- 
tors, superintendents, deacons, Training Union, and W. M. U. 
leaders will do what they can to encourage a gcod club in ev- 
ery Baptist church, or, better still, to persuade the churches to 
inaugurate the budget plan. 

Our aim is to make the Biblical Recorder both a good, whole- 
some, attractive weekly that will be of interest and help to the 
whole family circle and a solid, substantial denominational 
journal; and we feel, since it is the organ of our Baptist State 
Convention and because of the service it will render, that it 
ought to be in every North Carolina Baptist home. We hope our 
Baptist people will remember us constantly in prayer and let 
us hear from them if they have any material or suggestions for 
the good of the paper, or if we can be of any service, to them. 
One of the great needs for our people is that they be informed, 
trained, and enlisted in the whole program of the church ard 
the Kingdom of God; and we feel that the Biblical Recorder is 
of immense value in this great cause. We want to be a com- 
rade and helper to every Baptist home and church in North 
Carolina and do what we can for the support of every cause 
dear to the hearts of our people. We would follow the injunc- 
tion of Faul to Timothy: "Give diligence to presant thyself ap- 
proved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, 
handling aright the word of truth." 

By MRS. R. E. RICHARDSON 

Smith Hagaman, General Superintendent of the Baptist 
Hospital was recognized. 

Report of Executive Committee was made by W. F. Dough- 
ton and report was adopted. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

The Committee has endeavered to see that all the churches 
of the Association were supplied with pastors and helped ob- 
tain aid for the pastors. that did not get sufficient support from 
the churches they were serving. 

The parsonage at Sparta has been sold and the erection of a 
more convenient and better one is under construction near the 
church. 

We are not satisfied with the progress of our work here in 
the county, ar.d that greater intsrest and prayers that more peo- 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



pie be reached. Also that other fields should be occupied. 
The harvest is ripe and who will go and reap them? 

W. F. DOUGHTON, 
For Committee 

REPOKT ON TIME, PLACE AND PREACHER 

Time: Saturday before the second Sunday in September, 
1944. 

Place: Mt. Carmel Church near Cherry Lane, N. C. 
Preacher: Reverend L. E. Sparks. 

Respectfully submitted, 
REV. W. M. HAMM 
MR. W. F. DOUGHTON 
MRS. Mc. D. WAGONER, 
Committee 

On motion it is ordered that future sessions of the Associa- 
tion shall be held on Saturday and Sunday following the first 
Saturday in September of each year. 

REPORT OF RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE 

We, the Committee of Thanks of the Alleghany Association, 
extend our sincere gratitude to the members and friends of the 
Sparta Baptist Church for their gracious hospitality and the 
generous manner in which they entertained the Association. 

MRS. E. E. CAUDILL 
MRS. BEN REEVES 
MRS. CORA DANCY, Committee 
Song, "Majestic Sweetness." 
Rev. W. T. Whittington brought a very interesting and in- 
spiring message using as subject, "Staying in our Places", and 
closed with the benediction. 
Lunch followed. 

AFTERNOON SESSION: 1:00 P. M. 

Devotional by W. H. Caldwell, reading from 13th Chapter 
of Mark. 

The following report of Orphanage was adopted: 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGE 

1 In the effort to build a great national defense, the govern- 
ment, the church, and welfare agencies should not lose sight of 
those things we are trying to defend. If we do not make this 
country a safe place for childhood, our defense program will be 
in vain, for 

"Why build the nation glorious 

If the child unbuilded goes? 

In vain we build our cities, 

If the child unbuilded goes." 

We have the best example of Christian training in childhood 
and on through the years in our own Baptist Orphanage at 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 5 

Thomasville, and Kennedy Home, which has given a home to 
homeless children for about fifty-nine years. 

It is gratifying to know that thousands of children, who have 
been left without a mother's care, are taken to this Christian 
environment. 

Our hearts should be lifted often in prayer to God for those 
who take a part in everything that makes these homes possible, 
and especially to the Superintendent who is doing such out- 
standing work leading this great family of children to nobler 
and better things. This go.od work will go on, and on. and on, 
with such leadership. Will you have a part in it? Can I say 
that I have a part in it? 

Most of the Sunday schools in our Association contribute 
once a month and a Thanksgiving offering is taken. 

DUe to the late freeze in the mountains, most of the fruit 
was killed and our women decided that they would not be able 
to fill the usual one hundred jars for the Orphanage. We have 
seventy-five dozen which we hope will be filled at an early 
date. May we be reminded as we think about our orphan chil- 
dren, that ,i 
Not what we get, 
But what we give; 
Make up our treasury s j 
While we live. 

Respectfully submitted, 
MRS. VAN MILLER 

Discussion by Dr. I. G. Greer, using as subject, "Making the 
Right Kind of Men and Women." .<■- \ 

The report of Nominating Committe was given and adopted, 
as follows: 

REPORT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

We, the Nominating Committee make this majority report: 
For Moderator John M. Cheek 

For Vice-Moderator Dr. T. R. Burgiss 

For Clerk and Treasurer ,_ Van Miller 

We unanimously nominate for the Executive Committee, the 
following: W. F. Doughton, J. McD. Wagoner, and Dr. N. D. Fox. 

The report of Hospital was read and adopted, as follows: 

REPORT OF HOSPITAL 

* The Baptist Hospital has completed a full year with its en- 
larged facilities. Instead of caring for 4,000 patients, as for- 
merly, we have had 12,000 the past year, 1942. It is again be- 
coming increasingly difficult to provide for the growing num- 
bers of sick who come for treatment — an average of 33 each 
day. 

Of these, 12,000 patients who were treated last year, 4 000 
were service patients; that is, were unable to pay a hospital bill. 
These are the sick for whom our Mother's Day Offering is made. 
It is also interesting to note that 4,000 of this 12,000 patients 
were mothers who had, here and there in our state, 12,000 chil- 



6 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION' 

dren waiting anxiously for her return. We had also about 175 
ministers, returned missionaries, ministerial students and chil- 
dren from our orphanage for whom no charge was made. 

The Hospital Training School for Nurses has 116 students in 
training, 51 staff and graduate nurses, with an addition of 22 
nurses and Red Cross Aids, making a nursing staff of 189. 

It is one of the functions of the Baptist Hospital to educate 
as many nurses as possible with the Christian ideal of service. 
These are always selected so as to represent as nearly as possi- 
ble every section of our state. 

Although quite a number of medical staff are constantly go- 
ing into the service of our country, we still have a staff of about 
75 doctors, almost all of whom are specialists in the several 
fields of medicine and surgery. 

These two institutions — Hospital and Medical School — repre- 
sent a money value to the denomination of $2,000,000. 

It is with a just pride, we trust, that the American Medical 
Association has given the Baptist Hospital the highest rating of 
any hospital in the entire south, save one. 

The hospital desires to express to the members of this As- 
sociation their appreciation for the best Mother's Day offering 
ever, and also to the W. M. U.'s and other church agencies this 
same appreciation for their generous contributions of hospital 
linen. 

This hospital was built and has operated for these 20 years 
with one great fundamental purpose: that it shall be an institu- 
tion through which the half million Baptists of our state may 
render a definite Christian Service to sick and suffering human- 
ity who could not, in most instances, have hospital treatment 
otherwise. It is the purpose of the denomination and the man- 
agement that it shall forever remain true to this one purpose 
in addition to its wider service. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MRS. T. S. MOXLEY, Chairman 

Discussion by Dr. Hagaman. 

Report of Cooperative program was given and adopted, as 
follows: 

REPORT OF COOPERATIVE PROGRAM 
COMMITTEE 

In Christian work, as in many other phases of life, one 
grows most and develops most rapidly when others are made 
a part of that program. The Baptist of Alleghany County have 
received many benefits from the proceeds of the cooperative 
program. The program is a form of missionary work in which 
the strong help the weak. But in order to become strong in 
giving even the weak churches must set up a scheme of contrib- 
uting to the cooperative work. 

In the past, the Alleghany Association has usually received 
more from the cooperative program than we have given. Let 
us hope and pray that we may soon become strong enough to 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



stand on our own feet and also help others in Christian work. 

Each church in the Association has a goal to meet. If the 
churches will make every attempt to meet the goal each year 
they will find that in many instances they can increase that 
amount for the next year. 

The committee this year has not contacted every member of 
the Association, but reminders have been sent to the various 
churches calling attention to this worthwhile program. 

Christians who have the love of their fellow-man in thei: 
hearts always want to tell others. The cooperative program is 
one way in which all can share in helping others. Let our aim 
for next year be that every church meet its goal with every 
Baptist contributing according to the means he has. 

BY THE COMMITTEE 

Discussion by Rev. J. C. Canipe. 

Report of Woman's Missionary Union, by Mrs. Ben Reeves, 
was adopted. Moved and seconded that this constitution of Wo- 
man's Missionary Union be printed in this year's minutes. 

REPORT OF WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION 

In this vastly changed and rapidly changing world, which 
has brought both blessings and curses to humanity, the women 
of Alleghany Woman's Missionary Union have been ever mind- 
ful of the fact that we have an unchanging task — the spreading 
of the gospel of Jesus Christ to all people. 

Since our nation is engaged in this world war, many adjust- 
ments have been necessary. With dozens of families moving 
to defense work, we have lost slightly in regular attendance, 
bat not in our gifts. 

For several years, many of the societies have been members 
of the Hundred Thousand Club. Through special offerings we 
have given to State, Home, and Foreign Missions. Gifts have 
been sent to the Cooperative Program and to the various caus- 
es fostered by our organization. 

By our attendance to our divisional meetings and at the 
State W. M. U. convention, our vision has been broadened, which 
has caused us to realize that we are a small but necessary part 
of a world-wide organization united in a great cause. 

Our annual meeting was held in June at Liberty. A well 
arranged program was presented with splendid attendance, in- 
cluding all resident pastors of the Association. 

At this meeting a constitution was presented and adopted. 
It was requested by the assembled body that this constitution 
be printed in the Alleghany Associational Minutes this year to 
be used as a guide in the future years. 

We were privileged to have with us our state president. Mrs. 
J. S. Farmer, of Raleigh. She is very capable and her address 
was challenging and stimulating: - 

As we continue to labor for Him, our prayer is, "That all 



8 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

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the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord, 

even thou only". (Isiah 37:20 v.). 

MRS.BEN G. REEVES 

MRS, GLENN RICHARDSON 

Report of Aged Ministers or Ministers' Annuity Plan: 

REPORT OF AGED MINISTERS 

The Southern Baptists saw the great need of~ the aged min- 
isters who give their lives for the welfare of the Lord's people 
and the love of mankind. The church can have part in helping 
care for the helpless servant of God whose prayer is "Cast me 
not off in time of old age. Forsake me not when my strength 
faileth"— Psalm 71:9. 

They need our help now. So may we do something to help 
and comfort them in their last days. 

Respectfully submitted, 
REV. W. M. HAMM 

Discussion by R. L. West. 
Christian Education, discussed by Rev. R. L. West. 

Report of Committee on Time and Place and Preacher. The 
report was adopted. 

SATURDAY EVENING: 8:00 P. M. 

Devotionals by Rev. R. L. West. 

The message of the evening was brought by C. H. McKnight, 
using as a text, Romans 1:14. 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 — 10:00 A. M. 

Song, "He Leadeth Me." 

Report of Resolutions Committee — report adopted. 
Report of Young People's Union — Discussion by Rev. R. L. West. 

Report on Sunday School was given and discussed by T. C. 
Osborne. 

Song, "Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing." 

Devotional by R. L. West, reading from Psalms. 

REPORT ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

Among Southern Baptists, Christian Education has always 
occupied a large field and has rendered to the denomination a 
great contribution. 

Christian Education is Carried forward in our denomination 
by Baptist schools. There never was a greater need for Chris- 
tian leaders and statesmen than today. 

Southern Baptists have 67 colleges and Universities. Also 
theological schools, these schools are worthy of our support, 
they are doing a great work. 

MRS. REECE MILLER 

REPORT ON MISSIONS 

We have State, Home, and Foreign missions for convenience, 
but our supreme need of missions is winning souls to Christ. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Salvation is an individual matter. 

North Carolina has a greater opportunity than ever before 
to win people to Christ with our added population in camps and 
defense plants, and what is true of North Carolina is true of all 
the states. We are truly thankful that our debt is being paid 
through the Hundred Thousand Clubs. At one time, this debt 
was $3,500,000.00. Now it is not more than $250,000.00. We hope 
to be out of debt this year. How nice it would be if we could 
have the interest money we are paying for debts, to send mis- 
sionaries now where it is permissible for them to go. 

.We must press forward in the Kingdom work as our soldiers 
are doing at the battle front. We must carry our cargo and 
make our port. 

Our mission program cannot and will not fail. 

Again we hear our Master say, "Be of good cheer, I have 
overcome the world." . , ,., 

Respectfully submitted, 

MRS. C. A. REEVES 

Sermon by Rev. H. «J. Ford, of Wilkesboro, N. C. Reading 
from Matthew 20:20-28, using as a subject, "Real Greatness." 

RECOMMENDATION 

We, the Alleghany Baptist Association, recommend the ap- 
pointment of Dr. N. D. Fox, as a member of the Baptist State 
Board for the coming two years' term. 



10 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

CONSTITUTION 

1. This body shall be called the Alleghany Baptist Associa- 
tion, 

2. The object of this Association shall be an organized effort 
to unite the churches in more efficient work of the spread of 
the Gospel in our bounds and in all the world, and in this work 
the Association will cooperate with the Baptist State Conven- 
tion of North Carolina. 

3. The members of this body shall be all the ordained min- 
isters of the churches composing this Association and three dele- 
gates from each, who shall bring a letter certifying their ap- 
pointment and giving statistics of the membership and work of 
the churches. 

4. At each annual session of the body there shall be elected 
a Moderator, a Clerk and Treasurer in such way as the Associa- 
tion may direct. The last two offices may be held by one mem- 
ber. 

5. The Moderator shall preside at the meetings, preserve 
order, appoint committees, and perform such other duties as 
are usually required of presiding officers. 

6. The Clerk shall keep a correct record of all proceedings 
of the body and superintend the printing and distribution to 
the body these proceedings. 

7. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds sent up to 
our Association, pay them out as the Association may direct, 
and make a report at each annual session. 

8. The Association shall hold annual meetings at such times 
and places as may be agreed upon. 

9. At each annual meeting, the Executive Committee of three 
brethren who shall look after the destiution in the bound and 
cooperate with the State Mission Board of the Baptist State 
Convention on making the next session a report of the work 
done, and of the general state of mission work. 

10. At each annual session there shall be appointed a com- 
mittee to make report at the subsequent session on the follow- 
ing subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Missions, 
Education, Baptist Orphanage, Periodicals and Sunday Schools. 

11. Each annual session shall be introduced by a sermon by 
some brother previously appointed. 

12. The Association will not receive nor retain in perman- 
ent fellowship any church that retains in its fellowship any one 
who is disorderly in doctrine or practice, or who uses, makes, 
sells, or in any way deals in spirits as a beverage. 

13. This constitution may be amended by a vote of two- 
thirds of the members present at any annual session. 

14. It shall be the duty of this body to appoint a committee 
to confer with any sister church or churches which fail to rep- 
resent for two successive years, and report to the Association 
at next regular session. 



^_ ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each session shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. When the Moderator calls the Association to order every 
member shall at once take his seat. 

3. When a member wishes to speak, he shall arise and ad- 
dress the Moderator, and not proceed until he is recognized. 

4. No member shall speak more than twice on any one sub- 
ject except by permission of the body and then not over fifteen 
minutes. 

5. No member shall leave the body during its session with- 
out permission of the Moderator. 

6. It will be counted disorder for any member to stand up, 
leave the house or hold private conversation while the Modera- 
tor or any member is speaking. 



CONSTITUTION 

WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION ALLEGHANY 

ASSOCIATION 

PREAMBLE 

We, the women of the Baptist Churches of Alleghany Asso- 
ciation, desirous of stimulating the missionary spirit and grace 
of giving among the women and yOung people of the churches, 
and of aiding in the collection of funds for missionary purposes 
to be distributed by the State and Southern Woman's Missionary 
Union, the General Board of the State, and Southern Baptist 
Convention adopt the following constitution: 

ARTICLE I 
NAME 

This organization shall be known as the Woman's Missionary 
Union of Alleghany Association, auxiliary to the Alleghany 
Baptist Association. 

ARTICLE II 
OBJECT 

The object of this organization shall be three-fold: 

(1) To stimulate a broader Christian development On the 
part of the women and young people of the Association, to train 
and enlist all in Christian service, especially soul winning. 

(2) To receive and distribute missionary information, to pro- 
vide missionary organization among women, young people and 
children. 

(3) To encourage the earnest cooperation of women and 
young people and junior organizations in systematic contribution 
of time and money, at home and abroad. 



12 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION" 

ARTICLE III 
MEMBERSHIP 

The membership of the Union shall be composed of Mission- 
ary Societies and Young Woman's Auxiliaries, connected with 
the churches in Alleghany Association. 

ARTICLE IV 
OFFICERS 

Section 1. The officers shall be a Superintendent, an assis- 
tant Superintendent, a Young People's Leader, a Secretary, a 
Treasurer, and Pianist. (Secretary-Treasurer may be held as 
one office. Pianist is optional.) 

Section 2. There shall be six chairmen of Departmental 
Work: Mission Study, Community Missions, Stewardship, Mar- 
garet Fund, Training School, and Literature. 

Section 3. The Executive Committee shall be composed of 
the officers, and chairman of Departmental work. 

ELECTION 

Section 4. These officers shall be elected by the body at the 
annual meeting. Preferably after being named by nominating 
committee that has been selected by the Executive Committee 
at least a month prior to the annual meeting. This committee 
should meet as soon as possible, and as many times as necessary 
to complete list of officers before annual meeting, and report to 
annual meeting. 

ARTICLE V 

ASSOCIATIONAL MEETING 

The Associational meeting shall be held annually or at such 
time and place as the Union decides. It shall be opened and 
closed with religious exercises, present missionary program, 
transact business, and hear reports of officers and committees 
of the organization. 

ARTICLE VI 

The program shall be arranged by the Superintendent of the 
Association with the aid of the Executive Committee. 

ARTICLE VII 

This constitution may be altered or amended by a two-thirds 
vote of the members present at the annual meeting, provided, 
said amendment has been submitted in writing, signed by at 
least two members, to the Superintendent two months previous 
to the action thereon. 

BY LAWS 

A. DUTIES OF OFFICERS 

1. Superintendent — The Superintendent shall preside at the 
Associational and Executive Committee meetings; shall appoint 
all committees not otherwise provided for; shall cooperate with 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 13 

local committee in arranging for annual meeting; shall advance 
in every way possible in the work of the Association; and shall 
have a general supervisor of all the work of the Associational 
Union. She shall keep in touch with the Societies by visiting, 
correspondence,- and by sending literature; shall endeavor with 
the aid of her associates, to organize a W. M. S., Y. W. A., G. A., 
Sunbeam Band and Chapter of R. A.'s in every church of the 
Association. She shall send quarterly and annual reports to the 
State Executive CommiLtee and Divisional Superintendent, and 
prepare a comprehensive report of the year's work for the an- 
nual meeting. She should attend, if possible, the Divisional 
Meetings and State W. M. U. Conventions and Associational 
Conference held at this time. She should also attend the Gen- 
eral Alleghany Baptist Association and feel responsible that a 
report of W. M. U. is given and recorded in the minutes. She 
shall also endeavor to keep her associational work in line with 
the State and Southern W. M. U. 

2. Assistant Superintendent — The assistant Superintendent 
shall preside at Associational and Executive Meetings in the ab- 
sence or disability of the Superintendent, and assist in advanc- 
ing all the work of the Associational Union. 

3. Young People's Leader — The Young People's Leader shall 
have general oversight of the Junior organizations, striving to 
organize a Y. W. A., a R. A., a G. A. and Sunbeam Band in each 
church of the Association, visiting and helping foster in every 
way said organizations. She shall submit quarterly and annual 
reports to the Superintendent and to the State Young People's 
Secretary. She shall have charge of the Young People's Hour 
at the Associational Meeting. 

4. Secretary — It will be the duty of the secretary to keep an 
accurate record of annual and Executive Committee Meetings; 
notify committees of their appointment and perform any other 
duties generally imposed on this officer. 

5. Treasurer — The treasurer shall keep an accurate account 
of all money passing through her hands and shall make a report 
of same to the Associational Union. 

6. Mission Study Chairman — The Mission Study Chairman 
shall promote Mission Study in various churches of the Associa- 
tions, endeavoring to reach the Societies through their Mission 
Study Chairman. She shall receive reports of the number of 
classes held, enrollment, and number of awards given in each 
organization submitting her report at the Associational Meeting. 
She shall also make reports to Divisional Chairman of Mission 
Study, and to the State Chairman. 

7. Stewardship Chairman — It shall be the duty of the Stew- 
ardship Chairman to promote the teaching of stewardship in its 
fullest sense in the Missionary Societies of all grades in the 
Association following the plan outlined by our State and South- 
wide W. M. U. Stewardship Chairman. Reports should be made 
quarterly and annually to Division and State Chairman. 



14 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

8. Community Missions — The Community Missions Chairman 
shall urge cooperation with the Community Missions plans of 
the State and Southern Community Missions Chairman in or- 
ganizing and directing the community missions work, in an ef- 
fort to reach the oppressed and unsaved. She shall present this 
by talk, playlet, or conference whenever possible, and make an 
annual report at the Associational Meeting and send reports to 
Divisional and State Chairman. 

9. Margaret Fund Chairman — It shall be the duty of the 
Margaret Fund Chairman to encourage the societies to give 
through the Annie W. Armstrong offering in March and to the 
Lottie Moon Christmas offering in December, to provide schol- 
arships for missionary childrens' education in the homeland. 
She should keep in touch with the State Margaret Fund Chair- 
man and cooperate in every possible way she suggests. She 
shall receive the Burney Gift from the Societies at the annual 
Associational Meeting and forward same to state headquarters. 

10. Training School Chairman — Training School Chairman 
can stress various ways in supporting this most worthy insti- 
tution. She should urge liberal offering to the Heck Memorial 
offering and encourage programs on this cause. 

11. Literature Chairman — The Literature Chairman should 
urge subscribers to various Baptist papers and magazines and 
encourage reading more widely. She should take subscriptions 
for their periodicals 1 at the annual meeting. 

12. Executive Committee — It shall be the duty of the Execu- 
tive Committee to carry out plans of W. M. U. and to transact 
all business between sessions of W. M. U. It shall meet at least 
annually and as many additional times as the Superintendent of 
the Association shall deem necessary. Five members shall con- 
stitute a quorum. When a vacancy occurs, the Executive Com- 
mittee shall be empowered to fill such vacancy for the remain- 
der of the time unexpired. This Committee shall name a month 
prior to Annual Meeting a Committee of three (3) to nominate 
officers at Annual Meeting. 

B. ASSOCIATIONAL EXPENSES 

The expenses of Associational work shall be provided for by 
an annual contribution of not mc;e than fifty cents per mem- 
ber, from each society, same to be known as Associational Pro- 
gress Fund. 

C. COMMITTEES 

The Superintendent shall appoint Committees on Time and 
Place and Resolutions. All of these committees shall be com- 
posed of three members each, and shall report during the ses- 
sion. - 

This Constitution was written by Mrs. A. O. Joines, Associa- 
tional W. M. U. Superintendent; Miss Ivy Grace Doughton, As- 
sociational W. M. U. Young People's Leader, and others. 



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MINUTES 



OF THE 



Alleghany Baptist 
Association 

FORTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL SESSION 
(See Historical Note, Page 9) 

- — HELD WITH 



MOUNT CARMEL BAPTIST CHURCH 
CHERRY LANE, N. C, 

SEPTEMBER 9, 10, 1944 

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Next Session Will Be Held With Liberty Baptist Church 

Whitehead, N. C. 

September 6, 7, 8, 1945 

Introductory Sermon By: 

Rev. E. B. Barton, Sparta, N. C. 
Alternate: Rev. G. R. Blackburn, Whitehead, N. C. 



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PROGRAM 

FORTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL MEETING 
OF 

Alleghany Baptist Association 

AT 

MT. CARMEL CHURCH, CHERRY LANE P. O., N. C. 

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, 

SEPTEMBER 9-10, 1944 



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Program 

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SATURDAY 

10:00 A. M., Song Service Choir of Mt. Carmel Church 

Prayer Rev. G. R. Blackburn, Whitehead 

10:15 Roll call of churches. Recognition of visitors, etc. 

10:30 Report of Executive Committee W. F. Doughton 

10:45 Report on Religious Literature Mrs. R. E. Richardson 

11:00 Report on Hospital Mrs. T. S. Moxley 

Address Smith Hagaman, 

Supt. of Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem. 

Appoinment of Committees: (a) Nomination; (b) Time, 
Place and Preachers; (c) Resolutions. 
11:30 Annual Sermon Rev. L. E. Sparks, Moxley 

Benediction Rev. W. H. Caldwell, Sparta 

1:30 P. M., Song Service Choir of Osborne Memorial Church 

Prayer Rev. Brice Barton, Sparta 

1:45 Report on Ministerial Relief and Annuity __ Rev. R. L. West 

2:00 Report on Orphanage Mrs. Van Miller 

Address Dr. I. G. Greer 

Supt. of Baptist Orphanage, Thomasville, N. C. 

2:30 Report on Missions Mrs. Richard L. West 

2:45 Report of Special Committees 

3:00 Miscellaneous Business 

Benediction Rev. A. K. Taylor, Independence, Va. 

8:30 P. M., Devotional Rev. William Ham 

8:45 Report on Baptist Training Union __ Miss Patsy Roy Burgiss 

9:00 Report on Sunday Schools T. C. Osborne 

9:15 Address Mr. L. A. Martin, Lexington 

Benediction Rev. C. H. McKnight, Independence, Va. 

SUNDAY 

10:00 A. M., Song Service Choir of Sparta Baptist Church 

Prayer Rev. Richard L. West 

10:15 Report on Woman's Missionary Union __ Mrs. Ben G. Reeves 

10:30 Report on Christian Education Prof. A. O. Joines 

10:45 Address Hon. R. L. Doughton 

Chairman of Ways and Means Committee, Laurel Springs 

11:30 Sermon Rev. L. L. Carpenter 

Editor of Biblical Recorder, Raleigh, N. C. 

Benediction 

John M. Cheek, Moderator, Sparta, N. C. 
Van Miller, Clerk, Laurel Springs, N. C. 



j ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1 

Directory Of Officers 

John M. Cheek, Moderator Sparta, N. C. 

T. C. Osborne, Vice-Moderator Laurel Springs, N. C. 

"Van Miller, Clerk Laurel Springs, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

W. F. Doughton Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Dr. N. D. Fox Sparta, N. C. 

F. W. Royal Cherry Lane, N. C 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

1. Ministerial Relief and Annuity — Rev. W. H. Caldwell, Rev. 
E. B. Barton, Rev. A. K. Taylor, and Rev. Wm. Ham. 

2. Hospital— Mrs. W. P. Maxwell, Mrs. Jas. Mc. D. Wagoner, 
and Mrs. Sam Perry. 

3. Orphanage — Mrs. Van Miller, Mrs. C. A. Reeves, and Mrs. 
Dan Jones. 

4. Temperance — Mrs. J. T. Fender, Miss Mary Kennedy, and 
Mrs. W. A. Atwood. 

5. Missions (Foreign, Home, State) — -Mrs. R. L. Doughton. 
Mrs. Sam L. Porter and Mrs. Eugene Mitchell. 

6. Woman's Missionary Union— Mrs. T. S. Moxley, Mrs. T. R. 
Burgiss and Mrs. Alice Caudill. 

7. Director Woman's Missionary Union — Mrs. A. O. Joines. 
Sparta, N. C. 

8. Committee on Religious Literature — Mrs. Hugh Choate. 
Mrs. Maggie Nucholls, and Mrs. Leff Edwards. 

9. Representative of Biblical Recorder, Charity and Children, 
.and other Baptist Publications — Mrs. R, E. Richardson, White- 
head, N. C. 

10. Christian Education — A. O. Joines, Joe Bill Reed, and 
Mrs. Ben G. Reeves. 

11. Committee on Sunday Schools — Rev. W. C. Triplett, 
Charlie Pollard, and Pauline Osborne. 

12. Associational Sunday School Superintendent— T. C. Os- 
borne, Laurel Springs, N. C. 

13. Committee on Training Union — Miss Una Lee Richardson, 
Mrs. Leila Green Wagoner, Mrs. Eugene Shepherd. 

14. Director of Training Union — Rev. R. L. West. 

15. Committee on Whitehead Parsonage — J. T. Fender, F. W 
Cheek and Enoch Ham. 

16. On History of Alleghany Association — Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. 
W. B. Estep, W. F. Doughton, Mrs. F. W. Royal and J. K. Blum. 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. R. L. West Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. W. H. Caldwell Sparta, N. C 

Rev. William Ham Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Rev. G. R. Blackburn Whitehead, N. C. 

Rev. E. B. Barton Sparta, N. C. 

Resident Minister not in Pastorate 
Rev. W. C. Trivett Stratford, N. C. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Proceedings 



The forty-eighth annual session of the Alleghany Baptist As- 
sociation met with Mt. Carmel and was called to order by the- 
Moderator, Prof. J. M. Cheek. 

The following program was adopted as the order of business' 
for the association. (See Program, Page 10), 

Devotion — by G. R. Blackburn- 
Reading — from James 1-22-27. 

Special song service by Mt. Carmel Choir. 

Upon Roll Call of churches, all responded by letter and mes- 
sengers. The Osborne Memorial church applied for admission^ 
sending a letter and messengers. A committee consisting of R. 
L. West, G. R. Blackburn and W. F. Doughton was appointed to- 
consider the application. The report of the committee was 
unanimously in favor of admitting the church into the associa- 
tion, which was done by vote of the churches. 

Visitors from sister associations were recognized and wel- 
comed. Dr. W. K. Harrington, Lebanon, Virginia; Dr. I. G. 
Greer, Liberty Association; Smith Hagaman, Pilot Mt. Associa- 
tion; R. H. Satterfield, Raleigh Central Association; Rev. Charles 
E. Parker, Chaplain of Baptist Hospital; Mrs. Tom Davis, of Den- 
ton, Randolph Association. 

Report of Executive Committee by W. F. Doughton — Report 
adopted. 

Report on Religious Literature by Mrs. R. E. Richardson. 

Discussion by R. L. West — Report adopted. 

Mrs. R. E. Richardson was appointed as representative of the 
Biblical Recorder, Charity and Children and other Baptist Lit- 
erature. 

Report of Baptist Hospital — Mrs. T. S. Moxley — Report 
adopted. 

Address by Smith Hagaman, Supt. of Baptist Hospital, Wins- 
ton-Salem. In the absence of Rev. L. E. Sparks, appointed to 
preach the Introductory Sermon, an address on Christian Edu- 
cation was delivered by Prof. R. H. Satterfield, representative 
of Meredith College. 

Benediction by Rev. W. H. Caldwell. A bountiful lunch was 
served by the people of Mt. Carmel community. 

AFTERNOON SESSION— 1:30 P. M. 

Song service by the Osborne Memorial Choir. Prayer by 
Rev. Brice Barton, of Sparta, N. C. 

Report on Ministerial Relief and Annuity by Rev. R. L. West 
—Report adopted. 

Report on Orphanage, by Mrs. Van Miller — Report adopted. 

Address by Dr. I. G. Greer, Supt. of Baptist Orphanage, 
Thomasville, N. C. 

Report on Missions by Mrs. Richard L. West — Report adopted. 

Report on Temperance by Mrs. J. T. Fender — Report adopted. 

Report on Time and Place — Report adopted. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Report of Nominating Committee: for Moderator, Prof. J. M. 
Cheek, of Sparta, N. C; for Vice Moderator, T. C. Osborne, Laurel 
Springs; for Clerk, Van Miller, Laurel Springs; for Executive 
Committee, W. F. Doughton, Chairman Dr. N. D. Fox, and F. W. 
Royal. The report was adopted and the above officers were 
elected. 

The night session of the program was cancelled by unanimous 
consent. 

SUNDAY SESSION, SEPT. 10, 1944, AT 10:00 A. M. 

The session was called to order by the Moderator. The Bap- 
tist Training Union was discussed by R. L. West. 

Report of Resolutions Committee by R. L. West. 

Visitors recognized and welcomed. Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Rich- 
ardson, Oak Grove Baptist church, Bel Air, Md.; Mr. and Mrs. 
J. F. Mosley, Elkin Association. Song service by choir of Sparta 
Baptist church. 

Prayer by R. L. West. Special song by Mrs. S. A. Richardson. 

Report on Christian Education by Prof. A. O. Joines. 

Report adopted, discussion by A. O. Joines and R. L. West. 

Visitors welcomed: L. A. Martin, of Liberty Association; Sam 
Gentry, Stone Mt. Association; W. B. Reeves, West Jefferson. 
N. C. 

Address by L. A. Martin, representing the Allied Church 
League. 

Song — "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." 

The sermon was delivered by Rev. George M, Reeves, of 
Spartanburg, S. C, using as a text, Romans 1-3 Chapters. 

Song— "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." 

Closing prayer by W. D. Harrington. 

JOHN M. CHEEK, Moderator 
VAN MILLER, Clerk. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

The work of our committee has been extremely light 
as there was not much that came before us. All of the churches 
were supplied with pastors. Some of our churches have made 
progress but the work has been greatly hindered by the epidem- 
ic that we have had in the county the past summer which kept 
the churches that planned a revival during the summer from 
doing so and also kept the children from Sunday School. 

We rejoice at the organization of a new and vigorous church 
in the county and the good work Brother Barton and others have 
done and are doing in the county. 

We feel that there are other sections of the county which 
should be occupied by a similar work. 

We wish to recommend that the pastors of the Association 
endeavor to co-operate more fully and help each other in re- 
vival meetings, and exchange pulpits once or twice each year. 
Also, we feel that if they would organize a pastor's conference 
to meet and plan the work of the churches and mission points, 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION' 



more could be accomplished and better brotherly feeling would 

exist. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. F. DOUGHTON, Chairman. 

RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

Since it was pointed out by the Southern Baptist Convention 
which met in Atlanta in May of this year that: "The mightiest 
force in our hands for arousing the people to the urgency of our 
Lord's Great Commission is our denominational press," it, there- 
fore, behooves us to take advantage of this great opportunity by 
letting the literature from that source come into our homes and 
be read by us. 

In a recent issue of our State Baptist journal, Biblical Recorder, 
we were advised to take time for ten things and one of the ten 
was. "Take time to read — it is the foundation of knowledge." 

To be able to serve intelligently in our churches we would 
be informed about the aims of our organization and how it func- 
tions. 

Of course, at the top of the list of our religious literature 
should come the Bible and following it we should have some or 
all of the following: Biblical Recorder, our own State Convention 
Journal; Charity and Children, a publication from our orphan- 
age; The Commission, which gives interesting and valuable in- 
formation concerning our foreign mission work; Home Missions; 
Open Windows, a great help in daily individual and family de- 
votionals; and the literature from our Baptist Sunday School 
Board, Nashville, Tennessee. 

We realize that our nation cannot be any stronger, more 
stable or God-fearing than the individuals of which it is com- 
posed and that our churches and Christian homes must furnish 
the spiritual foundation which is necessary to make any nation 
great; therefore, let us help in one way by keeping the best of 
religious literature in our Baptist homes and insist that it be 
read with all diligence. 

MRS. R. E. RICHARDSON 

REPORT OF BAPTIST HOSPITAL 

The Baptist Hospital has completed a very successful year. 
During the year of 1943, 7,609 patients were received into the 
hospital. In addition to these, 2,724 patients were examined and 
treatment prescribed, if necessary. There were 8,800 patients 
seen in the private clinic. This makes a grand total of 21,133 
patients. If all of these were placed in hospital beds at one 
time and these beds placed end to end, it would form a solid line 
28 miles long. 

There were 2,336 patients who entered the hospital as free 
patients representing a cost of $145,509. The hospital depends 
on the Mother's Day Offerings of the churches and Sunday 
Schools for caring for this large number of patients who are not 
able to pay for hospitalization. This offering amounted to $72,- 
580 in 1943. The Duke Endowment fund gives $1.00 per day for 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



each charity patient which amounted to $26,899. In addition, 
the hospital received hospital linens from the W. M. U. and other 
church organizations estimated at $2,518, making a total of 
$102,08L 

Almost every section of the state is represented almost every 
*day. We also have a growing number from other states coming 
in for diagnosis and treatment that small hospitals are not equip- 
ped to give. 

The hospital does not discriminate against members of other 
denominations, nor those who do not belong to any denomina- 
tion. Its doors are open to every hospital case, regardless, as long 
as there is an empty bed. 

The hospital, last year, very vitally touched the lives of no 
less than 38,000 members of the immediate families of the pa- 
tients, and not less than 380,000 friends and neighbors of these 
sick. We hope that these patients have returned to their homes 
and communities bearing a message of blessing and good will. 

We ask the sympathy, patience, good will and prayers of all 
our ministers and churches of our State, as the multitudes of 
sick are ministered unto in the name of the Great Physician, 

MRS. T. S, MOXLEY 
MRS. W. P. MAXWELL 

REPORT OF MINISTERIAL RELIEF AND 
ANNUITIES 

We, your committee, beg to submit the following report of 
the work of the Relief and Annuity Board. The growth of this 
Board has been steady and constant since it was founded in 
1918. Its ministry of service has grown to such extent that pro- 
tection against age and infirmity is offered to all those gainfully 
employed in our complex denominational life. Included in this 
protection are pastors, missionaries, employees of state and 
southwide boards, orphanages and hospitals, also faculties and 
staffs of seminaries and colleges. About 10,000 now enjoy this 
protection and the number is increasing by many hundred each 
year. 

The Centennial Crusade and Beyond: This one hundredth 
year of Southern Baptist history finds the Board keeping step 
with the entire denomination in its centennial crusade. Our im- 
mediate goal is ten thousand preachers in the Ministers Retire- 
ment Plan together with their churches by the Centennial Con- 
vention in Atlanta, May, 1945. In addition we aim to provide 
security for every denominational worker, lay as well as or- 
dained. Our various plans will embrace all institutions, boards, 
and agencies of the convention. There is a place for every in- 
dividual. Every local Baptist Church owes such protection to 
every salaried worker as well as to its pastor. 

Richard L. West, Rev. G. R. 
Blackburn, Committee 

REPORT OF ORPHANAGE 

Our orphanage, the Mills Home in Thomasville, and the Ken- 



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nedy Home near Kinston is an institution to which the Baptist 
Denomination should look with pride. Dr. I. G. Greer, Genera) 
Superintendent and Mr. R. D. Covington have their offices 
on the Mills Home grounds. More children have been taken 
care of in the past year than ever before. One child was ad- 
mitted from the Laurel Springs community, in the fall of 1943- 

We, the Baptists of Alleghany Association, should keep upper- 
most in our minds the wonderful work that is being done in 
supporting, educating and training orphan children by the 
voluntary gifts of the loyal Baptist people all over North Car- 
olina. It is a wonderful work of love in which we all must 
have a part. Let us save to the Church and State the Christian 
type of men and women. Our Orphanage, sends out, and en- 
joys the satisfaction of having helped fatherless and motherless 1 
boys and girls. 

We recommend that any church in the Association that has 
not already adopted the plan of contributing once-a-month to 
the orphanage begin at once to do so. It has been the custom 
of our people for many years to give the equivalent of one day's 
work or income to the orphanage on Thanksgiving Day which 
goes a long way toward their expenses during the coming year. 
We should count it a Christain privilege to help in this great 
work. 

Mrs. Van Miller 

REPORT ON MISSIONS 

The Foreign Mission Board is in the best condition, financi- 
ally, it has ever been. The War has forced many of our mis- 
sionaries home and most of our work is at a standstill and will 
be for the duration. 

The State Mission is also in the best shape it has ever been. 
M. A. Huggins has made a very efficient State secretary. Our 
State Mission program has touched every phase of our defense 
work, at the same time has kept up with its regular State Mis- 
sion program that has been in operation for years. We are 
proud of our State Mission work. 

The Home Mission Board now has 514 missionaries working 
in 1050 churches and missions in every state in the territory 
of the Southern Baptist Convention and in Cuba and Central 
America. In 1943 these missionaries preached 36,000 sermons, 
led more than 12,000 to make a profession of faith in Christ 
and received 8,200 members into the fellowship of Baptist 
Churches. Seventy-four missionaries have been added since 
January 1, 1943. 

To meet this challenge, the year of 1945, which is the 
Centennial year of the Southern Baptist Convention, has been 
designated as a time for a special Southwide evangelistic cam- 
paign. Other southwide Boards and Agencies are joining the 
Home Mission Board to make this an all-out soul winning effort. 
Dr. M. E. Dodd, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Shreve- 
port, has been chosen to lead in this great crusade for souls. 
Every association will be asked to cooperate. Pastors and lay- 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



men alike are asked to consercrate themselves and dedicate their 
italents ^nd resources to this great soul winning effort. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE 

Reports mean nothing — only action counts. 

For years the Association has had temperance reports. Sec- 
tion 12 of the constitution of Alleghany Baptist Association reads 
.as follows: "The Association will not receive or retain in per- 
manent fellowship any one who is disorderly in doctrine or 
practice, or who uses, makes, sells, or in any way deals in spirits 
as a beverage." Every church member and every preacher in 
the Association can answer for themselves, the effort and ac- 
tion put forth, for the past year, to combat this scourge within 
our bounds! To report and resolute means nothing. As a Chris- 
tian organization, it is our attitude and action toward the start- 
ling increase in the use of whiskey and beer, with your boys and 
.girls — not in some other Association, but in our own county. 
(See reports of arrests of men and women for the past 90 days). 

I assume no one would deny that alcohol destroys and poisons, 
or is a traitor to man and nations. 

To substantiate the above, let's brief by review a little past 
history. 

1. Twenty-eight hundred years ago, Arab defeated the king 
of Syria, when he found him, and thirty-two of his friends 
■drinking themselves drunk in their pavilions. 

2. Twenty-five hundred years ago, Cyrus conquered Babylon 
on a night when Belshazzar and a thousand of his lords were 
having a great cocktail party. 

3. Twenty-two hundred years ago, Alexander the Great con- 
quered the world, then beer and liquor mowed him down at the 
age of 33. Plutarch says he drank all night and the next day. 
Be died from his debauch. Alexander was one of the geniuses 
of all history. 

4. Fifteen hundred years ago, the proud city of Rome was 
drowned in her own booze vats. 

5. Eight hundred and seventy-five years ago, the Normans 
spent the night in prayer before they won the battle of Hastings, 
but the enemy spent the night in drunkenness and debauch. 

6. One hundred and sixty-eight years ago, George Washing- 
ton crossed the Deleware at night and won the battle of Trenton, 
while the Bessians spent the night celebrating in drunkenness. 

7. One hundred and twenty-nine years ago, the bloody battle 
of Waterloo was fought. After Marshall had taken a gorge of 
his favorite liquor before going to bed, he was unable to give 
orders next day to his men. All was lost. 

8. Twenty-six years ago, the French placed in the path of 
the German troops a quantity of alcoholic drinks and the next 
day, two German divisions were mowed down by enemy ma- 
chine guns. Lloyd George exclaimed, "We are fighting Ger- 
many, Austria and strong drink, and the most deadly is strong 
drink!" 

Beer, wine and liquor has defeated more men, destroyed the 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



virtue of more women, crushed more armies, and overthrown 
more nations than anything else from the dawn of history on 
down through the centuries to the present day. We aren't neu- 
tral. We are either for temperance or against it. The homes, 
the schools and churches are indispensable, for its control; but 
we are the real solution. Are we for it or against it? Our at- 
titude and our actions are the answer. 

MRS. J. T. FENDER, 
Chairman of Committee, 

TIME, PLACE AND PREACHER 

Liberty Baptist church near Whitehead, N. C, to begin on 
Friday before the second Sunday in September, 1945. Introduc- 
tory sermon to be preached by Rev. E. B. Barton; alternate, G. 
R. Blackburn. 

REPORT OF RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE 

Be it resolved, we the Alleghany Baptist Association do co- 
operate with our Southern Baptist Convention in its evangelis- 
tic campaign, which is a revival in every Baptist church in the 
Southland. Also we recommend to the Association that an in- 
vitation be extended to the Sunday School workers of the State 
Board to put on a Sunday School Revival in our Association 
next summer. 

In behalf of the Baptists of Alleghany, we should like to 
give a rising vote of thanks to the people of Mt. Carmel church 
for their most cordial welcome extended to us during these two 
days. The fellowship and spirit of worship were most inspiring 
and uplifting. For the delicious lunch and the kind reception, 
we are deeply grateful. 

RICHARD L. WEST 
W. H. CALDWELL 
BRICE BARTON 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

We are hearing and saying much these crucial days of change 
and confusion about the necessity of developing and maintaining 
an adequate Christian leadership in this destitute world. The 
opportunities for Christian service these fateful days magnify 
the responsibility resting upon the churches, colleges, and sem- 
inaries to produce leadership in constructing a new world order 
based on the teachings of Christ. We reaffirm our absolute 
devotion to the Bible as the Word of God, to Jesus Christ as the 
only Savior of Men, to the New Testament as the pattern of the 
church, to Preaching and Teaching as the devinely given means 
of accomplishing the purpose of Christ, and to the Kingdom of 
God as the only ideal making possible a just and enduring peace. 

Christian education is the systematic development and cul- 
tivation of the mind and other natural powers in such a way as 
to manifest the spirit of Christ and His teachings. This educa- 
tion begins with the child and continues through life, even 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



through old age. Children learn more through unconscious imi- 
tation of their parents than through all the verbal instruction 
given them. Upon the parents lies the great responsibility of 
walking in the way of Christ, seeking His guidance and help, and 
teaching their children to know and love Him. 

As we place greater emphasis on teaching for Christian liv- 
ing, we recognize the ever-expanding opportunities of the Sun- 
day School, the Training Union, and the division of student 
work in our schools. We should encourage young men called of 
God to the Gospel Ministry to secure the best possible training 
in college and seminary. The churches should aid them finan- 
cially in securing their theological training, and then assist in 
relocating them back where they are most needed when they 
have completed their training. We challenge each church to 
greater efforts; a greater future in this work. 

Christian education envisions the best in both scholastic and 
moral standards. Our seven Baptist Colleges in this state are 
dedicated to Christian Education and for eleven decades have 
trained an able, well-balanced ministerial and lay leadership. 
In recent years, the number of students taking courses in the 
School of Religion has been greatly enlarged. There was a 
time when few except ministerial students took these courses. 
Now the ratio is about one ministerial student to four others 
in these classes. A better trained membership as well as lead- 
ership is of vital importance as we face the future. 

There are as many Baptists in this state as the total member- 
ship of all other evangelical churches combined. But fewer 
than half as many of Baptist youths of North Carolina as com- 
pared with the youths of other denominations, attain an educa- 
tion of college level. We are failing in our obligation to them, 
and in this failure, we are jeopardizing the future usefulness of 
the denomination in the state, the nation and the world. Chris- 
tian people, the time is ripe for constructive action by the Bap- 
tists of North Carolina. The accomplishments of the past were 
made possible by men and women of vision and liberality — peo- 
ple who had a fervor for the cause of Christianity. The present 
generation is still enjoying the benefits of their sacrifices and 
prayers. May we provide for the incoming generation of Bap- 
tist accommodations and instruction in keeping with the needs 
and demands of this new age. 

HISTORICAL NOTE 

On motion it is ordered that the present session of the Al- 
leghany Association shall be designated the 48th (in place of the 
47th) in agreement with the Historical Table printed at the end 
of this minute. This correction of the consecutive numbering 
of the meetings is made in order to include the organization 
meeting in 1897 as the first annual session of the association 
which method of reckoning meets the approval of Dr. G. W. 
Paschal, Wake Forest College, who has already published Vol- 
ume I of the History of North Carolina Baptists. 



10 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Program - Order of Business 

0O0 

SATURDAY 

10:00 Song Service .,_ Choir of Mt. Carmel Church 

Prayer Rev. G. R. Blackburn, Whitehead 

10:15 Roll call of churches. Recognition of visitors, etc. 

10:30 Report of Executive Committee W. F. Doughtom 

10:45 Report on Religious Literature Mrs. R. E. Richardson 

11:00 Report on Hospital Mrs. T. S. Moxley 

Address Smith Hagaman r 

Supt. of Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem. 

Appointment of Committees: (a) Nomination; (b) Time r 
Place and Preacher; (c) Resolutions. 
11:30 Annual Sermon Rev. R. H. Satterfield, Raleigh 

Benediction Rev. W. H. Caldwell, Sparta 

1:30 Song Service Choir of Osborne Memorial Church 

Prayer Rev. Brice Barton, Sparta 

1 :45 Report on Ministerial Relief and Annuity. Rev. R. L. West 
2:00 Report on Orphanage Mrs. Van Miller 

Address Dr. I. G. Greer 

Supt. of Baptist Orphanage, Thomasville, N. C. 

2:30 Report on Missions Mrs. Richard L. West 

2:45 Report of Special Committees 
3:00 Miscellaneous Business 

Benediction Rev. A. K. Taylor, Independence, Va. 

8:30 Devotional Rev. William Ham 

8:45 Report on Baptist Training Union. Miss Patsy Roy Burgiss 

9:00 Report on Sunday Schools T. C. Osborne 

9:15 Address Mr. L. A. Martin, Lexington 

Benediction Rev. C. H. McKnight, Independence, Va. 

SUNDAY 

10:00 Song Service Choir of Sparta Baptist Church 

Prayer Rev. Richard L. West 

10:15 Report on Woman's Missionary Union_ Mrs. Ben G. Reeves 

10:30 Report on Christian Education Prof. A. O. Joines 

10:45 Address Hon. R. L. Doughton 

Chairman of Ways and Means Committee, Laurel Springs 

11:30 Sermon Rev. George M. Reeves, Spartanburg, S. C. 

Benediction 

IN MEMORIAM 
OUR BELOVED DEAD 

John Jordan Chestnut Grove Church 

Mrs. Frances Hanks Mt. Carmel Church 

Mrs. Cora Holbrook Mt. Carmel Church 

W. E. Maxwell Sparta Church 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 

CONSTITUTION 

1. This body shall be called the Alleghany Baptist Associa- 
tion. 

2. The object of this Association shall be an organized effort 
to unite the churches in more efficient work for the spread of 
the Gospel in our bounds and in all the world, and in this work 
the Association will cooperate with the Baptist State Conven- 
tion of North Carolina. 

3. The members of this body shall be all the ordained min- 
isters of the churches composing this Association and three dele- 
gates from each, who shall bring a letter certifying their ap- 
pointment and giving statistics of the membership and work of 
the churches. 

4. At each annual session of the body there shall be elected 
a Moderator, a Clerk and Treasurer in such way as the Associa- 
tion may direct. The last two offices may be held by one mem- 
ber. 

5. The Moderator shall preside at the meetings, preserve 
order, appoint committees, and perform such other duties as 
are usually required of presiding officers. 

6. The Clerk shall keep a correct record of all proceedings 
of the body and superintend the printing and distribution to 
churches, the body of these proceedings. 

7. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds sent up to 
our Association, pay them out as the Association may direct, 
and make a report at each annual session. 

8. The Association shall hold annual meetings at such times 
and places as may be agreed upon. 

9. At each annual meeting, there shall be appointed an Ex- 
ecutive Committee of three brethren who shall look after the 
destitution in the bounds and cooperate with the State Mission 
Board of the Baptist State Convention, making to the next session 
a report of the work done, and of the general state of mission 
work. 

10. At each annual session there shall be appointed a com- 
mittee to make report at the subsequent session on the follow- 
ing subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Missions, 
Education, Baptist Orphanage, Periodicals and Sunday Schools. 

11. Each annual session shall be introduced by a sermon by 
some brother previously appointed. 

12. The Association will not receive nor retain in perman- 
ent fellowship any church that retains in its fellowship any one 
who is disorderly in doctrine or practice, or who uses, makes, 
sells, or in any way deals in spirits as a beverage. 

13. This constitution may be amended by a vote of two- 
thirds of the members present at any annual session. 

14. It shall be the duty of this body to appoint a committee 
to confer with any sister church or churches which fail to rep- 
resent for two successive years, and report to the Association 
at next regular session. 



12 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each session shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. When the Moderator calls the Association to order every 
member shall at once take his seat. 

3. When a member wishes to speak, he shall arise and ad- 
dress the Moderator, and not proceed until he is recognized. 

4. No member shall speak more than twice on any one sub- 
ject except by permission of the body and then not over fifteen 
minutes. 

5. No member shall leave the body during its session with- 
out permission of the Moderator. 

6. It will be counted disorder for any member to stand up. 
leave the house or hold private conversation while the Modera- 
tor or any member is speaking. 



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MINUTES 

OF THE 

Alleghany Baptist 
Association 

FORTY-NINTH ANNUAL SESSION 

HELD WITH — 

LIBERTY BAPTIST CHURCH 
WHITEHEAD, N. C. 

SEPTEMBER 8, 9, 1945 

— oOo 



Next Session Will Be Held With 

OSBORNE MEMORIAL CHURCH 

Stratford, RFD, N. C. 

September 7, 8. 1946 



-oOo- 



Introductory Sermon By: 

Rev. W. H. Caldwell 

Sparta, N. C. 



This Minute 

of the 

Alleghany Association 

— is — 

DEDICATED TO 

Rev. J. F. Fletcher, North Wilkesboro, N. C, born Nov. 11, 
1858; ordained January 9, 1876. He participated in the organi- 
zation of the Ashe and Alleghany Association in 1886 (Sept. 24, 
25), a member of the Committee to prepare an "Abstract of 
Principles." (See Page 13). He preached the closing sermon 
of the Convention. Was pastor of Baptist churches for more 
than sixty years and served under Mission Boards of North Car- 
olina and Virginia for more than forty years. 

Was pastor of Liberty and Laurel Springs and other church- 
es in this Association from 1906-1908; Moderator of Alleghany 
Association, 1908; preached the introductory sermon in 1907 and 
again in 1908. 

Is author of HISTORY OF ASHE (North Carolina) and 
GRAYSON (Virginia) Baptist Associations, 1935. 

He addressed the Alleghany Association at Liberty on Sep- 
tember 8, 1945 (in his 88th year). 

His life and his ministry have been a channel of blessings 
for our people. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Directory Of Officers And 
Committees 



John M. Cheek, Moderator - Sparta, N. C. 

A. O. Joines, Viee-Moderator Sparta, N. C. 

Van Miller, Clerk and Treasurer Laurel Springs, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

W. F. Doughton, Chairman Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Dr. N. D. Fox Sparta, N. C. 

F. W. Royal i Cherry Lane, N. C. 

STANDING COMMITTEES 

1. Representative of Baptist Publications — Mrs. R. E. Rich- 
ardson, Whitehead, N. C. . •..:■•*. ,,.„■ 

2. Hospital— Mrs. W. P. Maxwell, Mrs. .E. E. Caudill and 
Mrs. Sam Perry. 

3. Orphanage — Mrs. Van Miller, Mrs. C. A. Reeves and Mrs. 
Dan Jones. 

4. Temperance — Mrs. J. T. Fender, Miss Mary Kennedy and 
Miss Pauline Osborne. 

5. Missions — Mrs. F. G. Walker, Mrs. Eugene Mitchell and 
Mrs. Sam L. Porter. 

6. Education — A. O. Joines, Roy H. Crouse and Joe Bill Reed. 

7. Evangelism— Rev. F. G. Walker, Rev. E. B. Barton, Rev. 
W. H. Caldwell and Rev. G. R. Blackburn. 

8. Director of Woman's Missionary Union — Mrs. A. O. Joines, 
Sparta, N. C. 

9. Director of Training Union — E. C. Minnich, Piney Creek. 
N. C. 

10. Associational Sunday School Superintendent— Dr. N. D. 
Fox, Sparta, N. C. 

11. Committee on Whitehead Parsonage — J. T. Fender, F. W. 
Cheek and Enoch Hamm. 

12. Committee on History of Alleghany Association — John 
M. Cheek, Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. W. B. Estep and W. F. Doughton. 

13. Director of Daily Vacation Bible School — Rev. E. B. Bar- 
ton, Sparta, N. C. 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. F. G. Walker Sparta, N. C 

Rev. W. H. Caldwell Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. G. R. Blackburn Whitehead, N. C. 

Rev. E. B. Barton Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. William Hamm Laurel Springs, N. C. 



ALLEGHANY BAFTIST ASSOCIATION 



Proceedings 



The forty-ninth annual session of the Alleghany Baptist As- 
sociation met with Liberty Baptist Church, at Whitehead, N. C. 
on September 8, 1945. 

The morning session was called to order by the Moderator. 
John M. Cheek. The congregation joined in singing" the hymn. 
"All Hail the Power." 

Devotional exercises were conducted by G. R. Blackburn 
Reading from the 4th chapter of Philippians. Roll call of 
churchts and messengers. 

The following visitors were recognized: R. M. Hauss, Shelby. 
N. C; C. E. Parker, Pilot Mountain Association; R. H. Satter- 
field, Raleigh Cent al Association; Richard K. Redwine, Surry 
Association; Rev. A. F. Absher, Stone Mountain Association: 
Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Fletcher, Brush Mountain Association; and 
Mrs. R. T. McNeill. 

Reports were then made by the following: 

Report of Executive Committee by W. F. Doughton, Chair- 
man. 

Report on Hospital by Mrs. W. P. Maxwell. Report adopted 

Address, by C. E. Parker from the Baptist Hospital. Reading 
from Isaiah 41. using as the subject, 'And They Helped Every- 
one His Neighbor." Ik 

Report on Christian Education was made by A. O. Joines 
Report adopted, after which Mr. R. H. Satterfield spoke on 
Christian education. 

The following committees were appointed by the Moderator- 

Nomination Committee — J. T. Fender, John L. Joines, Wil- 
liam Hamm, Dan J. Jones and J. F. Roberts 

Committee on Time, Place and Preacher — A. O. Joines, Mrs. 
Amos Wagoner, Rev. E. B. Barton, Mrs. W. F. Jones and M. E 
Reeves. 

Committee on Resolutions — Rev. F. G. Walker, Rev. W. H 
Caldwell and Miss Dorothy Evans. 

Song — "Come Thy Fount." 

Prayer by F. G. Walker. 

Introductory sermon by Rev. E. B. Barton, reading from 
Psalms 42. 

Benediction by W. H. Caldwell. 

Lunch. 

AFTERNOON SESSION— 2:00 O'CLOCK 

Song. 

Visitors recognized: Mrs. Mammie Fletcher, Yadkin Asso- 
ciation; Mrs. C. C. Eller, of Ashe Association; Mr. and Mrs 
Fred Fields, of Bagley Association of Alabama; R. M. Perry, of 
New River Association; F. F. Cheek, of Pilot Mountain Associa- 
tion. 

The report of the Woman's Missionary Union was made by 
Mrs. T. S. Moxley. Report adopted. Discussion by Mrs. J. F 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Fletcher. This was followed by an address by Rev. J. F. Fletch- 
er, of North Wilkesboro, N. C, a former moderator of this As- 
sociation. 

The moderator recognized Dr. R. K. Redwine, pastor of the 
First Baptist Church, Mt. Airy, N. C, representing the State 
Board of Missions, who made a very acceptable address on the 
Baptist State co-operative program. 

Report on Temperance was made by Mrs. J. T. Fender. Re- 
port adopted. 

A very interesting address was then made by Rev. R. M 
Hauss, who represented the temperance work of the allied 
Church League. 

A report was made by the Committee on Time, Place and 
Preacher, as follows: Place, Osborne Memorial; Time, Septem- 
ber 7, 8. 1946; Preacher, Rev. W. H. Caldwell, Sparta, N. C. 

NIGHT SESSION— 8:00 O'CLOCK 

September 8 

The Association yielded the night session to Mr. and Mrs 
I. G. Greer, of the Thomasville Orphanage, who rendered a very 
interesting and instructive program of Southern Appalachian 
folk songs, together with special selections by the Thomasville 
Baptist Orphanage Girls' Quartet. 

SUNDAY MORNING— 10:00 O'CLOCK 
September 9 

The session was called to order by the moderator, John M 
Cheek. The congregation joined in singing, "Majestic Sweet- 
ness Sits Enthroned." Prayer by Rev. Bert Whitehead. 

Visitors recognized: Mr. and Mrs. I. G. Greer, Misses Betty 
Gurley, Iola Batts, Viola Batts, and Jewell Chance, all of the 
Thomasville Orphanage; Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Gilliam, of Stone 
Mountain Association; Mrs. F. G. Walker, Miss Helen Walker 
and Guy Walker, all of Sparta. 

Report on Resolutions was made by Rev. F. G. Walker and 
report was adopted. 

Report on Religious Literature was made by Mrs. R. E. Rich- 
ardson. 

Special selections by the Mills Home Girls' Quartet. 

Visitors recognized: Rev. Bert Whitehead and J. Kemp 
Doughton, Baltimore, Md. 

Address by Dr. I. G. Greer, who spoke most eloquently on 
the work of the Baptist Orphanage and used as his subject. 
"Security." Read from Psalm, Chapter 20. 

Special selection. 

Closing sermon by Rev. F. G. Walker, who pronounced the 
benediction. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



IN MEMORIAM 
OUR BELOVED DEAD 

Mrs. Nelia Hoppers Bellview Church 

Mrs. George Blevins Laurel Springs Church 

Mac D. Wagoner Liberty Church 

Glenn Holbrook Mt. Carmel 

E. P. Tilley Mt. Carmel 

Mrs. E. P. Tilley Mt. Carmel 

Mrs. Estil Rals'.y New Hope 

REPORT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

Your nominating committee unanimously suggests the fol- 
lowing to chart the course for the coming year, for the Alle- 
ghany Baptist Association: 

Moderator — John M. Cheek. 
Vice-Moderator — A. O. Joints. 
Sec.-Treas. — Van Miller. 
Executive Committee — 
W. F. Doughton, 
F. W. Royal, 
N. D. Fox. 

Submitted by: 
John L. Joines 
Rev. Wm. Hamm 
J. F. Roberts 
D. J. Jones 
J. T. Fender, 

Nominating Committee. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Your committee has endeavored to help in the work of the 
Alleghany Association by securing aid from the State Mission 
Board for the pastors that were not getting adequate support 
from the churches they were serving. We hope that our church- 
es will not continue to depend upon the State Mission Board for 
aid but will strive to become self-sustaining as soon as possible. 
The committee would also like to recommend the following: 
That we give time and energy to the Lord's work; build up 
attendance at worship services and Sunday schools; work for 
better support of the pastors and the objects fostered by our 
denomination. We also recommend the trial of the "Lord's 
Acre" plan to finance the work of the church as it has proved 
very successful in a number of churches in the State. 

Respectfully submitted, 
W. F. Doughton 
N. D. Fox 



ALLEGHANY ..BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



REPORT ON RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

Just as scientists (are finding, power, in atoms, we can find 
power to apply to Kingdom worK if we "Give attention to read- 
ing"' and select that wnich has lasting value. ■■";■• .- v 

Dr.. R. Paul Caudill, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Mem- 
phis, Tenn.i who* was reared in our sister county of Wilkes, has 
the following to say about power in print: "When Southern' 
Baptists examine their sorry record of the past with reference 
10 their support of their denominational journals they cannot 
help but blush. For with all the gains that have been experi- 
enced during the last five years in the way of increased circu- 
lation of our "papers we havie-'m'tre'ly; touched the hertti of the 
garment of opportunity in the realm of the printed page as a 
channel for 'tne good news Of' God in Christ Jesus, it is to be 
feared that many homes that receive our Baptist publications 
do not read them and thoroughly digest 1 them. Only in ■ pro* 
portion as Christian literature is read and assimilated win it 
nave positive value for the individual. We should not stop un- 
til every home of our constituency is a regular subscriber to 
our state and southwide Baptist journals and until our Sunday 
school literature is a regular and welcome' visitor in every 
home." ■ 

The Bible should come first in our reading material and be 
read with all diligence and then we have bur Own Baptist State 
paper, Biblical Recorder, a great influence for the education of 
Baptist; Southern Baptist Home Missions, published by our 
Home Mission Board; The Commission, by our Foreign Mission 
Board, two great forces -for informing our people about mis- 
sions. Charity and Children .contains priceless reading material 
in addition to information concerning our Orphanage. Woman's 
Missionary Union has a large share in the educational work of 
Southern Baptists as women and young people are led to study 
the missionary message of the Bible, books on,, .stewardship, 
prayer and soul-winning work. These three magazines — Royal 
Service, The Window of Y. W. A.,, and, World Comrades— supply 
program material and current reading about Southern Baptist 
and other missionary work. 

Keeping in mind all these sources of information, let us .re- 
member that "no man's judgment is better than his informa- 
tion," and, determine to withhold- judgment on matters about 
which we know little or nothing and to seek knowledge .with 
diligence and intelligence. ■ >> 

.; Respectfully, submitted, 
■ '■,. Mrs. R. E. Richardson. . 

ASSOCIATIONAL REPORT OF NORTH CAROLINA 
BAPTIST HOSPITAL— 1945 

The underlying purpose of the Baptist Hospital has always 
been medical care for the poor. Since the day it received its 
first patient it has offered a high type of hospital care on a 



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statewide basis.' When the' Baptist Hospital became a teaching 
hosphal, its purpose- became twofold-^teaching and hialing, the 
twin endeavors of Christ. .- n ■-.' ■ .. ■'■ ■ ••';,;:: 

The Baptist Hospital operates one of the fullest approved 
schools of nursing in the South, and at the present time has an 
enrollment of about 1'50 young ladies receiving professional 
training under Christian' auspices. The students are selected 
under Very high standards. These students come from all over 
'Noith Carolina and represent the highest type of womanhood— 
'mentally, physically and morally. While the most rigid scien- 
' tific training is given the girls, the hospital takes great pride in 
the* Christian and humane attitude it develops iri these girls. 

Of the 8,000 patients admitted as bed patients each year, 
slightly over 4 000 of these are service patients who pay no doc- 
tor's fee, and who pay but a slight portion of their hospital ex- 
penses. During 1944, approximately 3 000 of these service pa- 
tients paid absolutely nothing toward thfcir hospital bill. ' 

. The hospital gives diagnostic exaniinations to approximately 
20,000 free pa ients who are not admitted to the hospital each 
year. The cost to the hospital of free service rendered blu.ins 
19-14 was $198,648.92. ; \ '. ' 

ii The. hospital has developed into one cf the top ranking hos- 
pitals, i of pur nation in the caliber of its medical work. In de- 
veloping i s medical program, care has been, taken ; that the 
spiritual atmosphere of the hospital shpuld develop to the same 
.measure. Emphasis is given at every turn, in .its educational 
prpgram, in its employees, and with i s patients to the spiritual 
needs of all coming in contact with the hospital. The religious 

-program is under the direction of a full-time Chaplain/ and Stu- 
dent Secretary. This fine and fruitful, service is made possible 
in part by the generosity of Mr, C, M. Scott, of High Point 
North Carolina, who .contributes toward the cost of the pro- 
gram. Due to the close touch which the nature of sickness, al- 
lows the Chaplain to have with the patients, .we. have had many 

.conversions a^d rededications in the hospital. 

North Carolina Baptists have developed in their hospital 
one of the- greatest medical centers in our country, and at the 
same time one of the strongest influences for the . cause of 
Christ that exists in any land. Its huge opportunities for serv- 
ing as an agency of mercy, as a means of teaching, and as a 
means of spreading the influence of Christ are a challenge to 
the generous heart of our great denomination that its program 
will not be -restricted for lack of finances.-, , All. of its activities 
are operated on the highest of standards, and henc? it requires 
a tremendous budget. It ,is self-supporting with the i exception 
of its charity work, and, it is for this, merciful side of its pro- 
gram that North Carolina Baptists this year are giving over 

■$100,000 through the Mother's Day program. \\ 

'■•' Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. W. P. ; Maxwell ' 



AT-LEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

The aftermath of this war will increase threats to those 
rights which we cherish most, and intensify danger to those 
institutions which we love best. In times like these it is the 
indespensible duty of every Christian to be especially diligent in 
devising means to preserve, even enhance, the values of religious 
freedom and to provide adequately for those institutions which 
promote a great program of Christian education. We must 
maintain as bulwark of intellectual and religious freedom thes: 
beloved institutions upon which we must rely to train great 
Christian men and women as leaders in our Churches, our schools, 
our homes, mission fields, the profession and other vital areas 
Nothing can be more fundamentally essential toward giving 
stability and security to our manner of life than a great pro- 
gram of Christian education. 

In the limited time before us let us consider first the need 
of Christian training. Second, that Christian education is the 
definite and distinct responsibility of Christians. Then some 
practical suggestions as to how we may discharge this sacred 
task. 

1. The Need for Christian Education is evident. Efficient 
Christian training is absolutely essential in the creation and 
maintenance of well ordered society of the new day we confi- 
dently hope for. History is filled with many illustrations, for 
example, in Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome, that no civil- 
ization can long endure without a solid moral foundation. The 
evident decree of the ages is that a staunch ship of state can 
not be built out of the rotten timbers of unregenerate humanity 
The present conditions are unsatisfactory. We realize that 
our program of Christian training is wholly inadequate for the 
impending crisis. In fact it is woefully inadequate now for the 
maintenance of a society worthy of our fighting men. When we 
think of our annual crime bill of fifteen billion dollars; four 
criminals to every school teacher, 700,000 boy and girl crim- 
inals, or three and one-fourth times as many as are enrolled in 
our colleges and universities; divorces increasing 500 per cent 
in two years time; when we see America rolling in luxury, 
rollicking in worldliness, reveling in sensuality, reeling in im- 
morality, and rotting in all kinds of sin, it should stir the heart 
of every soul within the bounds of our land to humble repent- 
ance toward God and to a high and determinate resolution tc 
mend his or her ways. 

Again, our experience of the past, not yet one generation 
r. moved, should certainly quicken our sense of need for Chris- 
tian education. After the Armistice of 1918 a new opportunity 
confronted us and we set out to build a new world, but some 
of the most glaring failures of humanity are recorded in the 
American history that followed. One of the vilest books ever 
written won the Nobel Prize. The evolution theory invaded 
the south, — including many colleges and universities. Morality 
waned and with it public opinion. Nudist colonies were estab- 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



lished. moving pictures "descended to their lowest depths with 
the Clara Bow age. There was a decided falling away from 
our Churches. We produced the most noted criminals ihe world 
has ever known. Gangs of robbers appeared. The legislative, 
judicial, and executive departments ot our governments placed 
their approval upon the manufacture and sale of whiskey, and 
on we might go describing those terrible days. Instead of usher- 
ing in a new and brighter era we permitted the world to become 
engulfed in the most barbarous and devastating war in history 
History has repeated itself, but may the God of Heaven forbid 
the repetition of the things we havt jusi mentioned. Our men 
on the battle fronts of tne world are r,o. afraid to die but they 
do not want to die and should not have to die for naught. Unless 
we profit by our mistakes. We may hear the funeral bells 
tolling the doom of our civilization. Surely a person nust be 
spiritually deaf, dumb and blind who does not realize the im- 
perative need of Christian education. 

II. The responsibility for Christian Training Is Definitely 
The Responsibility of Christians. The basis of morality is re- 
ligion and religion is promoted by Christian training. Tn. 
Christian Religion alone can produce the high moral standa ds 
needed for such a time as this. To Christians, therefore, falls 
the Herculean task of raising moral standards. 

1. God has always depended upon human instrumentality to 
bring to pass His will in the earth. He has a well defined way 
for man's life. In the early days of His revelation He made 
His will known as he walked and talked with men. Later, 
through an elaborate ceremonial system, through smoking altars 
and bleeding victims, he sought to bring men to His way. At 
Sinai he gave the decalogue which formed the basis ot moral 
and civil legislation for all time to come. Next he sent the 
prophets but when all seemed to fall short, He adopted His 
revelation to the mind of men and came in the person of His 
Son — not only to save men from a crooked and perverse gen- 
eration but to give them His ideal for man's life. 

2. The Son of Man was crucified but He arose again aid 
before going back to His Father He declared "As the Father 
has sent me, even so send I you." Three times He vtry defrnueiy 
commissioned His followers to establish His Kingdom on earth 
This kingdom is the only sure basis for Christian Education. 

3. It became expedient for Jesus to go back to the Father, 
but He returned to earth in person and the power of the Holy 
Spirit and took up His abode in the infant Church or in the 
lives of Christians. God thus possesses, indwells and works in 
and through us. It is now our glorious privilege, our distinct 
responsibility and our imperative duty to sense the Divine will 
and do all within our power to carry it out. 

III. We can establish a great educational program which will 
provide adequately for the training of our youths. 

1. Let us teach God's truth in our home. Teaching the Bible 
in the home was and still is a most essential part of the Divine 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



plan for home and family life. Teaching God's truth is the best 
delinquency preventive in the world for any horns or nation. 

2. Let us step up the teaching programs oE our Churches 
In addition to our regular Eible teaching curriculum which is 
i .creasingly effective, we can add other courses to meet the 
needs of our people. The young people should be taught the 
sacredness of marriage vows and God's pattern for a home. 
1 can see constantly the need of a teaching clinic for delinquent 
parents in troubled homes. We have little , trouble w-tn chil- 
uren who come from the right kind of homes. 

3. Our colleges and universities have perhaps the greatest 
opportunity of all to provide an enlargement program in Chris- 
tian training. The constant contact of teachurs witn students 
offers unparalleled opportunities. I praise God for the count- 
less thousands of Christian teachers who are measuring up i-i 
a great way and teaching by precept and example. 

4. Finally, Christians can promote Christian living by ex- 
pressing in action their protest against wrong. They can vote. 
They can speak out against crime and the lack of law enforce- 
ment. We can not legislate morals, but we surely can curb the 
activities of the immoral derelicts who major in destroying 
the very things our men are fighting and dying for. 

Christians can raise the moral standards by providing ai 
adequate program of Christian training and thereby build a 
better world in which to live. 

A. O. Joines 

REPORT OF WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION 

The chief aims of the Woman's Missionary Union are prayer, 
study, personal service and the misionary education of young 
people. Wisely has the watchword of the W. M. U. been chcs-h 
—^"Laborers, together with God"— I Cor. 3:9. 

The greatest organization in the church teaching missions. 
is the Woman's Missionary society and its junior organizations. 
The Bible along with missionary magazines are the main sources 
from which our programs are presented each month. 

In March of this year we had Miss Ruth Keller and Miss 
Iona Kemp Knight, field workers from Raleigh, N. C, with us. 
They each taught a very interesting Mission Study class. 

Our annual meeting was held in May, with Scottville church. 
Mrs. John Wacaster, representing the State office, gave an in- 
spiring message, "Henceforth in Fields of Conquest." Miss 
Margaret Marchman, a returned missionary, told of her ex- 
periences in Africa in an interesting address entitled, "With 
Deeds of Love and Mercy." 

With the doors of the whole world open to us today, we are 
challenged to give ourselves anew to the watchword for the 
year — "Having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that 
dwell on earth and to every nation and kindred and tongue and 
people." Rev. 14:6. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. T. S. Moxley 



10 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



REPORT ON TEMPERANCE 

For the past year, the same old serpent, "intoxicating drinks," 
has reared its head in our midst. Mute evidence of its trail has 
been wrecks, broken bones, hospital bills. and death. Some are 
partially recovered, but the scars remain on both body and 
character of many of our citizens — our boys and girls. The 
scars remain for life. 

The most simple and most effective remedy is within our 
hands. Everyone of us is guilty of contributing to this evil. As 
a rule, office seekers are plastic to the wishes of their voters. 
When We fail to vote for men who think straight, who walk 
straight, and who drive straight, we are blazing the trail for 
for the destruction and moral disgrace of our own neighbors. 

The decree of the Sparta Town Council that wine and beer 
cannot be sold legally in our county seat is most commendable. 

The vision and moral courage of these gentlemen is reason 
for hope and rejoicing for all who wish for a cleaner and hap- 
pier community. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. J. T. Fender 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGE 

Wars may come and go, we may sign peace treaties, but the 
homeless child is ever with us. Wars have always been haz- 
ardous to homes and to childhood. During the past three years, 
many children have been born in this country who have never 
seen, and who will never see their fathers. These fathers have 
given their last full measure of devotion in service for their 
country. Others through dissipation and neglect have shirked 
their responsibility as parents and left helpless children de- 
pendent on Christian citizens. 

Our orphanage is the most direct channel through which 
Baptists may render service to dependent children. It costs 
$675.00 a day to care for the large family now in the orphanage. 

May we give our Sunday School collection one Sunday in 
each month along with our Thanksgiving offering to help feed 
and clothe these children. 

We cannot build orphanages large enough to take care cf 
all needy children. 

Christian people should in some way stimulate fathers and 
mothers to rededicats themselves to the task of building good 
homes. Wrecked homes are the greatest tragedies of the pres- 
ent generation. 

Vy'e wi:i military victories in vain at the expense of our boys 
and girls, unless we can, here at home, win moral and spiritual 
victories that will unshackle the children of tomorrow. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. Van F. Miller 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 



COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS 

Your Committee on Resolutions recommends that all church- 
es in the Alleghany Baptist Association that haven't had a re- 
\ival this year, do so before the end of the year 1945, and that 
each church endeavor to maintain an Ever Green Sunday 
li.ch.ool, a Baptist Training Union, an annual Daily Vacation Bi- 
ble School, and that wherever a church hasn't now A Woman's 
Missionary Union, that one be organized as soon as possible. 
We also recommend to the Association that it maintain a com- 
mittee on Evangelism and that this committee make an annual 
report to the Association the progress made in evangelism. 

In behalf of the Baptist Association of Alleghany, we should 
like to give a rising vote of thanks to the people of Liberty 
Church for their most cordial hospitality, for their most excel- 
lent floral decorations and for their exceedingly delicious lunch- 
eons, for their fine spiritual fellowship and inspiring spirit of 
worship. And for all of this we are mist graciously thankful. 

F. G. Walker 

W. H. Caldwell 

Dorothy Evans 

RESOLUTION CONCERNING WHITEHEAD 
PARSONAGE 

Be It Resolved: That Ben G. Reeves, Eugene Shepherd, Her- 
bert Osborne, Willie Hamm and J. T. Fender be and are hereby 
appointed a Special Committee on the Whitehead Parsonage to 
consider and report on the advisability of sub-dividing and of- 
fering for sale, at public auction, such part of said parsonage 
land as, in the opinion and judgment of said Committee, could 
be sold to the advantage of the whole Association. This Special 
Committee shall make report of its findings to the Executive 
Committee, and if it recommends the sale, then the Executive 
Committee shall sub-divide and offer for sale, at public auction, 
such part of the lands of the parsonage property as may -be 
designated by said Special Committee. The Executive Com- 
mittee shall reserve the right to sell in part or as a whole all 
land offered for sale, and power is hereby conferred upon the 
Executive Committee to have deed or deeds executed on behalf 
of the Association for any sale so approved. The net proceeds 
from any and all sales shall be divided into not less than three 
equal shares, and one share shall be offered to any church or 
group of churches that may desire to erect a parsonage, pro- 
vided the location, amount of land and type of proposed build- 
ing shall meet the full approval of said Executive Committee, 
a ad if so aproved, then title shall be conveyed to the Executive 
Committee, acting as Trustees of the Association. The property 
so conveyed shall be held for the benefit of the Missiona -y Bap- 
tist people of Alleghany county to be used as homes for resident 
pastors in the said Association. 

No part of these funds may be used for current expenses of 



12 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



any kind, but the entire fund must be invested in good real es- 
tate for the benefit of the Association. 

Until such investment of funds can be effected, the treasurer 
of the Association shall receive and hold all funds, and he shall 
invest said funds in approved bonds, and all interest received 
shall be added to the principal sum. The treasurer shall make 
a report at the annual meeting of the Association. He shall 
also execute such bond for safe guarding such funds as may be 
required of him by the Executive Committee, and he shall dis- 
burse no funds except on its written order. 

CONSTITUTION 

1. This body shall be called the Alleghany Baptist Associa- 
tion. 

2. The object of this Association shall be an organized effort 
to unite the churches in more efficient work for the spread of 
the Gospel in our bounds and in all the world, and in this work 
the Association will cooperate with the Baptist State Conven- 
tion of North Carolina. 

3. The members of this body shall be all the ordained min- 
isters of the churches composing this Association and three dele- 
gates from each, who shall bring a letter certifying their ap- 
pointment and giving statistics of the membership and work of 
the churches. 

4. At each annual session of the body there shall bs elected 
a Moderator, a Clerk and Treasurer in such way as the Associa- 
tion may direct. The last two offices may be held by one mem- 
ber. 

5. The Moderator shall preside at the meetings, preserve 
order, appoint committees, and perform such other duties as 
are usually required of presiding officers. 

6. The Clerk shall keep a correct record of all proceedings 
of the body and superintend the printing and distribution to 
churches, the body of these proceedings. 

7. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds sent up to 
our Association, pay them out as the Association may direct, 
and make a report at each annual session. 

8. The Association shall hold annual meetings at such times 
and places as may be agreed upon. 

9. At each annual meeting, there shall be appointed an Ex- 
ecutive Committee of three brethren who shall look after the 
destitute in the bounds and cooperate with the State Mission 
Board of the Baptist State Convention, making to the next ses- 
sion a repor^of the work done, and of the general state of mis- 
sion work. 

10. At each annual session there shall be appointed a com- 
mittee to make report at the subsequent session on the follow- 
ing subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Missions, 
Education. Baptist Orphanage, Periodicals and Sunday Schools. 

11. Each annual session shall be introduced by a sermon by 
some brother previously appointed. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 13 



12. The Association will not receive nor retain in perman- 
ent fellowship any church that retains in its fellowship any one 
who is disorderly in doctrine or practice, or who uses, makes, 
sells, or in any way deals in spirits as a beverage. 

13. This constitution may be amended by a vote of two- 
thirds of the members present at. any annual session. 

14. It shall be the duty of this body to appoint a committee 
to confer with any sister church or churches which fail to rep- 
resent for two successive years, and report to the Association 
at next regular session. 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each session shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. When the Moderator calls the Association to order every 
member shall at once take his seat. 

3. When a member wishes to speak, he shall arise and ad- 
dress the Moderator, and not proceed until he is recognized. 

4. No member shall speak more than twice on any one sub- 
ject except by permission of the body and then not over fifteen 
minutes. 

5. No member shall leave the body during its session with- 
out permission of the Moderator. 

6. It will be counted disorder for any member to stand up. 
leave the house or hold private conversation while the Modera- 
tor or any member is speaking. 

ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES 

(Reprinted from "The Minutes of a Convention organizing 
the Ashe and Alleghany Association held at Buffalo Church in 
Ashe County, September 24, 25, 1886)." 

1st. We believe in one only true and living God; and that 
there are three persons in the God-head — the Father, the Son 
and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. 

2nd. We believe that the 'Bible— the Old and New Testa- 
ments—is the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and prac- 
tice. 

3rd. We believe in the impotency of man, and the sovern- 
ty of God. 

4th. We believe that salvation is by Grace, through faith in 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

5th. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances instituted by Jesus Christ, to be practiced only by 
believers in their scriptural order. 

6th. We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a be- 
liever in water by a qualified administrator. And that only 
those who are thus baptized and are in fellowship with the 
Church in feeling and in doctrine, should take the Lord's Sup- 
per. 

7th. We believe in the final perscvcra.ice of the Saints in 
Grace to Glory. 



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Sth. We believe in the ressurrection of the dead and a Gen- 
eral Judgment. 

9th. We believe that the existence of the righteous and of 
the wicked will both be of eternal duration, and that the hap- 
piness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will 
both be eternal. 

T. M. Duncan 
I. W. Thomas 
C. J. Woodson 
J. F. Fletcher 
E. L. Tucker 
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MINUTES 

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Alleghany Baptist 
Association 

FIFTIETH ANNUAL SESSION 

HELD WITH 

OSBORNE MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 
STRATFORD, N. C. 

SEPTEMBER 7, 8, 1946 

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Next Session Will Be Held With 

SCOTTVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH 

Scottville, N. C. 

September 13, 14, 1947 

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Introductory Sermon By: 

Rev. Clarence Gwaltney 
Elkin, N. C. 

Alternate, Rev. Fred Blevins 
North Wilkesboro, N. C. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1 

Directory of Officers and 
Committees 

Dr. N. D. Fox, Moderator Sparta, N. C. 

A. O. Joines, Vice-Moderator Sparta, N. C. 

Walter P. Johnson, Clerk and Treasurer Sparta, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

"W. F. Doughton, Chairman Laurel Springs, N. C. 

J. F. Fender Whitehead, N. C. 

Dan Jones Route 3, Sparta, N. C. 

COMMITTEES ON REPORTS FOR 1947 

1. Representative of Baptist Publications — Mr. Van Miller. 

2. Hospital — E. C. Minnich. 

3. Orphanage — Mrs. Tom Moxley. 

4. Temperance — Rev. E. B. Barton. 

5. Missions — Mrs. Ruth Choate. 

6. Education — Joe Bill Reed. 

_ 7. Evangelism — Rev. F. G. Walker, Rev. Fred Blevins. 

8. Director of Woman's Missionary Union — Mrs. R. E. Rich- 
ardson. 

9. Director of Training Union — Swanson Edwards. 

10. Associational Sunday School Superintendent — A. O. Joines. 

11. Committee on Whitehead Parsonage — Ben Reeves, J. T. 
Fender, F. W. Cheek . 

12. Committee on History of Alleghany Association — John M. 
Cheek, Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. W. B. Estep, W. F. Doughton, Hon. 
R. L. Doughton. 

13. Director of Daily Vacation Bible School — Miss Irene Rich- 
ardson. 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. F. G. Walker Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. W. H. Caldwell Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. Fred Blevins Wilkesboro, N. C. 

Rev. E. B. Barton Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. William Hamm Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Rev. Lee Woodruff Sparta, N. C. 



2 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Constitution 

1. This body shall be called the Alleghany Baptist Associa- 
tion. 

2. The object of this Association shall be an organized effort 
to unite the churches in more efficient work for the spread of 
the Gospel in our bounds and in all the world, and in this work 
the Association will cooperate with the Baptist State Conven- 
tion of North Carolina. 

3. The members of this body shall be all the ordained min- 
isters of the churches composing this Association and three dele- 
gates from each, who shall bring a letter certifying their ap- 
pointment and giving statistics of the membership and work of 
the churches. 

4. At each annual session of the body there shall be elected 
a Moderator, a Clerk and Treasurer in such way as the Associa- 
tion may direct. The last two offices may be held by one mem- 
ber. 

5. The Moderator shall preside at the meetings, preserve 
order, appoint committees, and perform such other duties as 
are usually required of presiding officers. 

6. The Clerk shall keep a correct record of all proceedings 
of the body and superintend the printing and distribution to 
churches, the body of these proceedings. 

7. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds sent up to 
our Association, pay them out as the Association may direct, 
and make a report at each annual session. 

8. The Association shall hold annual meetings at such times 
and places as may be agreed upon. 

9. At each annual meeting, there shall be appointed an Ex- 
ecutive Committee of three brethren who shall look after the 
destitute in the bounds and cooperate with the State Mission 
Board of the Baptist State Convention, making to the next ses- 
sion a report of the work done, and of the general state of mis- 
sion work. 

10. At each annual session there shall be appointed a com- 
mittee to make report at the subsequent session on the following 
subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Missions, 
Education, Baptist Orphanage, Periodicals and Sunday Schools. 

11. Each annual session shall be introduced by a sermon by 
some brother previously appointed. 

12. The Association will not receive nor retain in perman- 
ent fellowship any church that retains in its fellowship any one 
who is disorderly in doctrine or practice, or who uses, makes, 
sells, or in any way deals in spirits as a beverage. 

13. This constitution may be amended by a vote of two- 
thirds of the members present at any annual session. 

14. It shall be the duty of this body to appoint a committee 
to confer with any sister church or churches which fail to rep- 
resent for two successive years, and report to the Association 
at next regular session. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 3 

RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each session shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. When the Moderator calls the Association to order every 
member shall at once take his seat. 

3. When a member wishes to speak, he shall arise and ad- 
dress the Moderator, and not proceed until he is recognized. 

4. No member shall speak more than twice on any one sub- 
ject except by permission of the body and then not over fifteen 
minutes. 

5. No number shall leave the body during its session with- 
out permission of the Moderator. 

6. It will be counted disorder for any member to stand up, 
leave the house or hold private conversation while the Moder- 
ator or any membsr is speaking. 

ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES 

(Reprint from "The Minutes of a Convention organizing 
the Ashe and Alleghany Association held at Buffalo Church in 
Ashe County, September 24, 25, 1836)." 

1st. We believe in one only true and living God; and that 
there are three persons in the God-head — the Father, the Son 
and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. 

2nd. We believe that the Bible— the Old and New Testa- 
ment — is the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and prac- 
tice. 

3rd. We believe in the impotency of man, and the sovern- 
ty of God. 

4th. We believe that salvation is by Grace, through faith in 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

5th. We believe that Eaptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances instituted by Jesus Christ, to be practiced only by 
believers in their scriptural order. 

6th. We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a be- 
liever in water by a qualified administrator. And that only 
those who are thus baptized and are in fellowship with the 
Church in feeling and in doctrine, should take the Lord's Sup- 
per. 

7th. We believe in the final perseverance of the Saints in 
Grace to Glory. 

8th. We believe in the resurrection of the dead and a Gen- 
eral Judgment. 

9th. We believe that the existence of the righteous and of 
the wicked will both be of eternal duration, and that the hap- 
piness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will 
both be eternal. 

T. M. Duncan 
I. W. Thomas 
C. J. Woodson 
J. F. Fletcher 
E. L. Tucker 
Committee. 



4 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Proceedings 

The fiftieth annual session of the Alleghany Baptist Associa- 
tion met with Osborne Memorial Church at Stratford, R. F. D., 
N. C, on September 7 and 8, 1946. 

The morning session was called to order by the Moderator, 
John M. Cheek. The congregation joined in singing. Devotional 
exercises were conducted by the Rev. E. B. Barton. 

Visitors recognized were: R. M. Hauss of Shelby (repre- 
senting Allied League) ; F. A. Blevins, Brushy Mountain Asso- 
ciation. 

Report of Executive Committee made by W. F. Doughton, 
Chairman. Report adopted. 

Report on Woman's Missionary Union was given by Mrs. 
A. O. Joines, and the report was adopted. 

Report on Religious Literature was given by Mrs. R. E. 
Richardson, and the report was adopted. 

Report on Evangelism was given by F. G. Walker, and the 
report was adopted. 

The following Committees were appointed by the Moderator: 

Committee on Order of Business: Rev. E. B. Barton, A. O. 
Joines and Pauline Osborne. 

Committee on Time, Place and Preacher: F. W. Royal, F. W. 
Cheek, D. J. Jones, M. E. Reeves and Dr. N. D. Fox. 

Committee on Resolutions: Swanson Edwards, A. O. Joines, 
and Thelma Osborne. 

Committee on Nominations: John L. Joines, T. S. Moxley, 
Willie Hamm, Herbert Osborne and M. E. Reeves. 

At this time Dr. W. K. McGee of the Pilot Mountain Asso- 
ciation was recognized. 

Report on Baptist Hospital — Report not given. 

Report on Temperance by Mrs. J. T. Fender. Report adopt- 
ed. Followed by address by R. M. Hauss. 

Address by Dr. W. K. McGee, Religious Director of the Bap- 
tist Hospital. 

The congregation joined in singing the hymn, "Precious 
Name." 

Introductory sermon by H. W. Caldwell, reading from Isaiah 
6-5 and John 12-21. 

Benediction by F. A. Blevins. 

Lunch. 

AFTERNOON SESSION— 1:30 O'CLOCK 

Devotional by W. M. Hamm. 

Reading from the last chapter of Hebrews. 

Report on Daily Vacation Bible School by Mrs. Paul Swan- 
son. Report adopted. 

Report on Training Union was given by E. C. Minnich. 

Report on Christian Education by A. O. Joines. Report 
adopted. 

Report on Sunday Schools was made by Dr. N. D. Fox. 

Report on Missions by Mrs. F. G. Walker. Report adopted. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 5 

Report of the Committee on Time, Place and Preacher by 
P. W. Royal. Time: Second Sunday and Saturday before. Place: 
Lcottville. Preacher: Clarence Gaultney, of Elkin. 

Visitors recognized were: Claude Gaddy and Everett Miller, 
Field Rep. of Meredith College. Mr. Gaddy spoke briefly on 
Christian Education. 

Report on Resolutions by Swanson Edwards. Report adopted. 

Address by Mr. M. A. Huggins, Secretary of the Baptist State 
Convention. 

Report of Nominating Committees. 

SUNDAY MORNING— 10:30 O'CLOCK 

September 8 

The session was called to order by the Moderator, J. M. 
Cheek. Selection by the Sparta Choir and Devotional by F. A. 
Blevins. Reading from James 1-19. Prayer by W. F. Doughton. 

Special selection by the Sparta Choir. 

Report on the Orphanage by Mrs. Van Miller. Report 
Adopted. 

Address by Congressman Robt. L. Doughton. 

Dr. I. G. Greer was introduced by Congressman Doughton. 
Address by Dr. Greer, using as his subject, "The Rights of a 
Child." 

Special selection, "The Ninety and Nine," by Walter Johnson. 

Sermon by F. G. Walker, using John 5-40 and Luke 19-41 as 
a text. 

Benediction. 

In Memoriam 

OUR BELOVED DEAD 

Mrs. R. L. Doughton Laurel Springs Church 

Dr. B. C. Waddell New Hope Church 

REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

Your nominating committee unanimously suggests the fol- 
lowing to chart the course for the coming year, for the Alle- 
ghany Baptist Association: 

Moderator Dr. N. D. Fox 

Vice-Moderator A. O. Joines 

Secretary-Treasurer Walter P. Johnson 

Executive Committee W. F. Doughton 

J. T. Fender 
Dan J. Jones 
Submitted by: 
John L. Joines 
Rev. Wm. Hamm 
T. S. Moxley 
Herbert Osborne 
M. E. Reeves 

Nominating Committee. 



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EEPOET ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

We read in the Gospels that Jesus went about preaching, 
teaching, and healing and that He sent forth His disciples to do 
specifically the same three things. We have accepted literally 
these three commissions — Christian Missions, the preaching of 
salvation unto final redemption; Christian Education, on the 
training of the saved to the perfecting of personality; and Chris- 
t-an benevolence, or ministering to the sick, the orphaned, the 
aged, the needy in all society. 

Early in our American history we adopted the name "Mis- 
sionary Baptist'' in order to emphasize our conviction as to the 
freeness of Salvation and the obligation of every believer to 
cooperate with God in offering the Gospel to all men every- 
where. Thus from the days of William Carey and Judson we 
have thought to obey the Savior's Great Commission to go into 
tne whole world and disciple all nations. Our local churches 
at the same time have been intensely evangelistic, believing 
that the light that shines the farthest in the earth beams bright- 
er ; at home — In the mountains, along the streams, on the sea- 
saoie, on the plains, and "where cross the crowded ways of 
life" our people have pressed with passionate zeal the basic 
business of soul-winning. It was superbly illustrated last year 
whe.i we strove to win a million souls to Christ within the 
twelve months. 

While we call ourselves Missionary Baptists, we might with 
equt.1 propriety be called educational Baptist, for we have al- 
ways emphasized the second part of the Savior's Great Com- 
mission: To teach whatsoever things He has commanded. From 
the early days of Luther Rice who went up and down the coun- 
try exhorting his people to found Christian colleges, we have 
ardently espoused such institutions. The result is that we have 
in our own beloved state, Wake Forest, Mars Hill, Campbell, 
Meredith, and other worthy institutions of learning. Under 
the plan of reorganization Wake Forest faces a new day and 
the Baptists of North Carolina have greatly enlarged oppor- 
tunities for service. 

Our interest in religious education may be measured on 
much larger scale in agencies as set up in more than 24,000 
Sunday Schools in the Southland, with an enrollment of ap- 
proximately 4,000,000 pupils. It is accentuated also in our huge 
publishing plant, the Baptist Sunday School Board which during 
the year did nearly $5,000,000 worth of periodical and book 
business. We have twenty Baptist newspapers, which exceed 
700,000, in circulation, augmented by far-sounding messages of 
our unsponsored radio commissions. 

We are not only pleased to be called Missionary and educa- 
tional Baptist, but we aspire gladly to be called benevolent 
Baptist — confessing our sore shortcomings in failing to attain 
to the scriptural standard of Stewardship, we cherish with pride 
the immense Baptist Hospital of Winston-Salem, and Baptist Or- 
phanage at Thomasville. 

Upon the threefold program of Jesus as carried out by Bap- 
tist and other fellow Christians of other communions will de- 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



pend the destiny of the world. The hope of a just and per- 
manent peace depends more than ever upon the spiritual trans- 
formation of the race. The ultimate security of the world 
depends on the spiritual attitudes of men. These attitudes will 
be created by Christian evangelism, Christian Education, and 
Christian social actions by the nations of the world. 

Respecliully submitted, 

A. O. Joines. 

EEPOET OF THE WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION 

A few days ago as I hurriedly looked at a Southern Baptist 
Minute, a brief paragraph attracted my attention. It ran lik-? 
this: "The WMU through her ministry of missionary teaching and 
training is a comrade-in-service. She helps to lay the founda- 
tion upon which we build. She plants the seed in the hearts 
of those who give and those who go. She holds up the vision 
of the world needs of Christs' gospel." This statement was 
made by Dr. M. T. Rankin, Executive Secretary of the Foreign 
Mission Board. 

To live up to this high standard we must continuously be 
about the King's business. We are facing today the greatest 
challenge the Christians of the world have ever faced. There 
are countless hosts of lost souls whose lives are broken, whose 
hearts are broken, and whose spirits are broken. Only Jesus 
can give joy and peace to such people. 

Surely, we must help those in need by giving them the 
Bible, by taking time to pray for the lost and by sending mis- 
sionaries to the disillusioned people of the earth. The radio 
and aeroplanes have made the nations of the earth new neigh- 
bors. America can no longer be a political, economical or 
spiritual isolationist. 

It was to send the light that the WMU was formed. Many 
of our members have served loyally and faithfully. Our women 
have worked with a definite purpose and the result is that 
progress has been made. 

The annual meeting was held in June with Sparta Baptist 
Church using "Christ for the World." Miss Ora Lee of Greens- 
boro, a Missionary to China, delivered an address on "The 
Urgency of Making Christ Known To The World" and Mrs. E. C. 
James of Elkin, our other guest speaker, spoke on the subject. 
"The World for Christ." Reports were made by the officers and 
committee chairman. 

The W. M. U. through the graded program of Missionary 
education seeks to meet the needs of the boys and girls. The 
afternoon program was devoted chiefly to them when the 
local boys and girls presented special music and a playlet, "Who 
Leads the Child." 

Baptists have a great responsibility in forwarding the growth 
of a Christian world. Missions is one invisible program of 
carrying out the last command of our Lord. To this end let 
us give our prayers and our material gifts with enthusiasm, that 
the days to come may bring marvelous victories. Jehovah's call 



8 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

rings out in our watchword "Look unto me and be saved, all ye 
ends of the earth, for I am God and there is none else." Is. 45.22. 

REPORT ON RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

If we could only grasp the significance of the value contained 
in Religious Literature, surely we would in a larger measure 
avail ourselves of the opportunity for spiritual and intellectual 
growth by selecting more of our reading material from this 
class of literature. It is alarming to know how many maga- 
zines are sold and read depicting — as Dr. Poteat of Wake Forest 
College expressed it — "the goatish capers of the morons of Holly- 
wood" and the so-called "Truth Magazine" which are so de- 
moralizing in their influence." 

'When we read we know 
When we know we care 
When we care we give 
Therefore, let us read" 

But let us give attention to what we read so that we care 
for and give to the right things, not only our money but our 
time, thought, and talents as well. 

J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investi- 
gation, said that the rising tide of crime can only indicate that 
too many of our people are ignorant of the fundamental moral 
principals found in the Ten Commandments which guided our 
Godfearing forefathers in founding this country and making 
it great. In a world which is almost glamour and money mad 
we must somehow realize the need for basic moral fiber. 

Let us open our Bibles and learn anew the fundamental 
principles of right and wrong and the standard by which men 
must live, if they obey the will of God. May we also learn 
more of our work and workers, at home, and all over the 
world; the needs of a perilous world and our own responsi- 
bilities through our State Baptist papers, our Southern Baptist 
Convention Literature and the Woman's Missionary Unions pub- 
lications. Thereby, we may grow in grace and in the knowledge 
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. R. E. Richardson. 

REPORT ON EVANGELISM 

Evangelism originated in the heart of God. This is evident 
by the gift of His Son to save a lost world (John 3:16). Jesus 
stated that His primary purpose for coming into the world was 
to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). 

Today it is "Evangelize or Fossilize." We may take our 
choice. If our churches do not evangelize the world, the world 
will take the churches. Southern Baptist and State Baptist 
leaders realize the unparellel opportunities for winning the lost 
to Christ, and they are, therefore, now doing more planning 
more writing, and more talking about evangelism than this 
generation has ever known. Concerted and cooperative action 
on the part of the Baptist leaders and professing Christians is 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 9 

the need of the hour. Literally millions in Southern Baptist 
teintory know not Christ. If Southern Baptists were obedient 
to Cnrist s command they would literally go into the high- 
ways and hedges and compel the unsaved multitude to come 
to jesus seeKing salvation for their souls. 

Tlie fact is mat intensified evangelistic work is the great- 
est need of our church today. Every professing Christian ought 
to be an evangelistic power in the hands of God to bring lost 
men to Christ. The minister who neglects to sound the evan- 
gelistic note, who fails to press home with loving zeal, the 
plea of the Gospel upon the hearts of his hearers, or who 
does not seek to bring his hearers to a definite decision for 
Christ, is missing the greatest opportunity that has ever come to 
him. The supreme business of any church is soul winning. 

Jesus said to the fishermen, "Come, follow me and I will 
make you fishers of men." Matt. 4:19. Alleghany Baptists 
need to hear and answer that call. According to the best 
information I have more than half of the total population of 
Alleghany County has never professed the name above every 
name, the name Jesus as their Savior. This is the greatest 
challenge Alleghany Baptists have. May God grant that 1947 
will be the greatest year in soul-winning the Association has 
ever known. 

We urge that this Association continue to select a super- 
intendent of evangelism to serve with the moderator, in co- 
operation with the Southern Baptist forces, to direct our efforts 
in this most blessed and glorious movement. 

Respectfully submitted, 

F. G. Walker. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE 

Temperance covers many activities of life. In this report 
I refer primarily to one — namely, alcoholic, beverages which 
are more detrimental to human welfare and character than all 
others combined. 

According to the report of the head doctors of John Hop- 
kins hospital where they treat diseases, we have in the U. S. 
approximately 40 million social drinkers, 2 million heavy 
drinkers, six hundred and fifty thousand diseased drinkers. 
There are three classes: The social drinkers, the heavy drink- 
ers, and the diseased drinkers. The social drinkers include 
most of the law makers of the State and nation. 

Night clubs, road houses, community halls, social gather- 
ings or whereever they tip their cocktails there are they who 
popularize and pretend it stylish to sip the wine and beer. 
As an example, in this State at Raleigh time and time again 
an effort has been made to allow you the privilege of a State 
wide vote on the liquor question — but a hand full of our law 
makers and liquor friends say "No, thou shalt not vote." 

We sent to Raleigh to legislate the social class-drinkers, which 
includes some church members out of which come the heavy 
drinkers, the pitiful, hopeless diseased drinkers. 



11 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

This is a brief statement of a situation in which we find 
ourselves. What's the cause? What's the cure? 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. J. T. Fender. 

REPORT ON VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 

The vacation Bible School should be a "must" in our 
churches, the children are eager to learn the Bible, and their 
minds are plastic in our hands, because in the Vacation Bible 
School, they work, sing, read the Bible, and learn how to 
share with each other. 

Each church should endeavor to sponsor its own school, 
ar.d start now, planning for next year. 

This year 212 boys and girls attended our vacation Bible 
schools. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. Paul Swanson. 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGE 

The backwash of war is presenting the orphanage workers 
some acute problems. Among these are increased cost of liv- 
ing, the difficulty in securing a well equipped staff, the inability 
to secure material for needed repairs to buildings and the 
still more serious concern of how to meet the problems in the 
ever increasing number of broken homes. 

In spite of those difficulties the orphanage has had a suc- 
cessful year, due to the loyalty and liberality of friends. 

The farm activities have proven to be life savers since food 
has been prcduced for one tnird less than they would have cost 
on the open market. There has been an abundance of small 
grain, corn, meat, eggs and milk grown this year. Vegetables 
of all kinds have been grown and canned for winter use. Our 
orphanage has one of the best grade herds of beef cattle in the 
s;ate. 

"Charity and Children" has had one of the best years- in its 
history. Circulation of the paper has reached 36,000. The 
results of the Social Service department have been most gratify- 
ing. These results cover services rendered children in three 
types, namely, institutional care, foster home care and aid in 
the home. 

A total of 700 children were cared for during the year. 
598 at the two homes, 48 in foster homes and 54 through 
mother's aid. 

Applications for assistance in the past year increased 7%, 
122 new children were admitted to the orphanage. Case work 
service was made available to over 1200 children. 

Since it has been possible to secure a full staff of teachers, 
schools have been more efficient. The average attendance has 
been slightly above 99%. 

The church life and its various activities in the two homes is 
and should be the most positive influence in the lives of our 
boys and girls. Under the leadership of the two able pastors, 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 

the churches at Kennedy Home and Mills Home compare favor- 
ably with other churches in the denomination. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. Tom Moxley, Chairman. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS 

Whereas, the people of Osborne Memorial Church and of this 
community have so unstintedly given ofc their hospitality, so 
graciously shared their Christian fellowship, and have so 
bountifully prepared the delicious food to make the meeting 
of this Association possible, your Committee on Resolutions 
wishes to extend to them, in behalf of-, the Alleghany County 
Baptist Association, sincere appreciation, manifested by giving 
them a rising vote of thanks. We also wish to express our ap- 
preciation for all who participated in the program of this ses- 
sion of the Association, especially for the inspirational ad- 
dresses of the visiting speakers. 

There have been presented to this Committee requests that 
this Committee recommend to the Association that the future 
meeting of this Association be changed from Saturday and 
Sunday to two days near the middle of the week. Because 
this matter has not previously been presented to the Association, 
this Committee feels that we are not in position to make such 
a recommendation, but, instead, we wish to recommend that 
this matter be brought before this session of the Association 
at an opportune time, be declared open for discussion, and in 
case a decision cannot be reached amiably, that a committee 
composed of members, one from each of the churches in the 
Association, be appointed to make an investigation of the mat- 
ter and report same to the next meeting of this Association. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Swanson Edwards, Chairman 

A. O. Joines 

Thelma Osborne. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

As requested by the committee appointed by the Alleghany 
Association at its 1945 session we divided the Whitehead Par- 
sonage land and left 6 or 8 acres including the dwelling, barn 
and orchard, also wood land, at the north side of the boundary. 
The balance of the land was divided into 14 lots, advertised 
and sold, bringing $5,430.00, the expense of sale and making 
deeds and etc. were $44.45, leaving a balance of $5,385.55. The 
money for the lots is deposited in the Northwestern Bank of 
Sparta in the name of W. F. Doughton, trustee. We think the 
land sold brought its worth and the money is now the property 
of the association. No other business came before the com- 
mittee as all the churches have pastors and no requests were 
received from any of the churches for aid. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. F. Doughton 

N. D. Fox. 



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REPORT OF SALE OF WHITEHEAD 
PARSONAGE LAND 
SALE OF LOTS: 

Lot No. 1— M. H. Scott $ 410.00 

Lot No. 2— Mrs. James Armfield 290.00 

Lot No. 3 & 4— Edd Miller 830.00 

Lot No. 5 & 6— G. R. Landreth 960.00 

Lot No. 7 & 8— Odell Crouse 780.00 

Lot No. 9-10-11-12— R. G. Joines 1,750.00 

Lot No. 13— F. G. Walker 205.00 

Lot No. 14— N. D. Fox 205.00 

TOTAL $5,430.00 

EXFENSES: 

Attorney $25.00 

Acknowledgement of deeds 4.5J 

Registration fees 8.00 

Stamps 4.95 

Help to survey 2.00 

TOTAL $44.45 

Amount stiill on time deposit in bank $5,385.55 

CHURCHES AND MESSENGERS 

CHESTNUT GROVE— Howard Brooks, S. L. Perry, Belva 
Brooks, Willard Edwards, Mattie Mooney, Annie Perry, 
Worth Harless. 

LAUREL SPRINGS— W. F. Doughton, T. S. Moxley, T. C. Os- 
borne, Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. E. W. Shepherd. 
LIBERTY— A. O. Joines, J. T. Fender, Mrs. E. E. Caudell, Mrs. 

Mae Housier, Mrs. E. F. Hoppers, Mrs. W. M. Wagoner, Miss 

Jennie Watson, Mrs. Talmadge Hamm. 
NEW HOPE— Floyd Roupe, Paul Swanson, Mrs. D. J. Jones, 

Miss Cleo Jones, Mrs. Ruth Choate, Wiley McMillan. 
NEW RIVER— Charlie Pollard, Oscar Shumate, Robert Anders, 

Preston Maines, Howard Hodge, Pet Maines. . 
MT. CARMEL— Lee M. Woodruff, F. W. Royal, Earl Woodruff, 

Jane Royal, Juanita Spicer, Hattie Woodruff. 
OSBORNE MEMORIAL— Earl Delp, Ray Parlier, Clinton 

Young, A. M. Osborne. 
PINE FORK— Rev. Willie Hamm, J. T. Roberts, W. S. Myers, 

Edd Dancy, C. S. Wyatt, Mrs. Verna Long, Mrs. Effie 

Pruitte. 

SCOTTVILLE— Mrs. Marvin Fowlkes, Oscar Perry, Mrs. Oscar 
Perry, Mr. Frell Perry, Mrs. Richard Jones, Miss Elizabeth 
Shepherd. 

SPARTA — Mr. Amos Wagoner, Mr. Single tary, Dr. N. D. Fox, 
Swanson Edwards, Mrs. Ross Richardson, Mrs. Singletary. 



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MINUTES 

-OF THE— 

Alleghany Baptist 
Association 

51 ST ANNUAL SESSION 

— Held With — 

SCOTTVILLE BPTIST CHURCH 
SCOTTVILLE, N. 0. 

September 13, 14, 1947 



Next Session Will Be Held With 
PINE FORK BAPTIST CHURCH 
J gOTTV B Egg BASEST ^COTRCa 
September 11-12, 1948 



Introductory Sermon By: 



Rev. S. L. Blevins, 
Mt. View, North Carolina 

Alternate : Rev. E. B. Barton 
Piney Creek, North Carolina 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS AND 
COMMITTEES 

Dr. N. D. Fox, Moderator _ Sparta, N. C. 

A. 0. Joines, Vice-Moderator Sparta, N. C. 

Walter P. Johnson, Clerk and Treasurer Sparta, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

W. F. Doughton, Chairman Laurel Springs, N. C. 

J. F. Fender Whitehead, N. C. 

W. F. Royal Devotion, N. C. 

COMMITTEES ON REPORTS FOR 1948 

1. Representative of Baptist Publications — Mrs. Ruth Choate 

2. Hospital — Rev. Willie Hanim 

3. Orphanage— Mrs. Sam Perry 

4. Temperance— Mrs. J. T. Fender 

5. Missions— Mrs. Van Miller 

6. Education— Mr. W. F. Royal 

7. Evangelism— Rev. F. G. Walker, Rev. Fred Blevins 

8. Woman's Missionary Union — Mrs. Joe Bill Reed 

9. Training Union— Mr. H. E. Singletary 

10. Sunday School— Mr. Van Miller 

11. Committee on Whitehead Parsonage — Ben Reeves, J T Fen- 
der, F. W. Cheek 

12. Committee on History of Alleghany Association— John M 
Cheek, Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. W. B. Estep, W. F. Doughton, Hon. 
R. L. Doughton 

13. Daily Vacation Bible School— Miss Pauline Osborne 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. F. G. Walker Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. W. H. Caldwell Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. Fred Blevins Wilkesboro,' N." C. 

Rev. E. B. Barton Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. William Hamra Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Rev. Lee Woodruff Sparta, N. C. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



CONSTITUTION 

1. This body shall be called the Alleghany Baptist Association. 

2. The object of this Association shall be an organized effort 
to unite the churches in more efficient work for the spread of the 
Gospel in our bounds and in all the world, and in this work the 
Association will cooperate with the Baptist State Convention of 
North Carolina. 

3. The members of this body shall be all the ordained min- 
isters of the churches composing' this Association and three dele- 
gates from each, who shall bring a letter certifying their appoint- 
ment and giving statistics of the membership and work of the 
churches. 

4. At each annual session of the body there shall be elected 
a Moderator, a Clerk and Treasurer in such way as the Associa- 
tion may direct. The last two offices may be held by one member. 

5. The Moderator shall preside at the meetings, preserve or- 
der, appoint committees and perform such other duties as are 
usually required of presiding officers. 

6. The clerk shall keep a correct record of all proceedings 
of the body and superintend the printing and distribution to 
churches, the body of these proceedings. 

7. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds sent up to 
our Association, pay them out as Association may direct, and 
make a report at each annual session. 

8. The Association shall hold annual meetings at such times 
and places as may be agreed upon. 

9. At each annual meeting, there shall be appointed an Ex- 
ecutive Committee of three brethren who shall look after the des- 
titute in the bounds and cooperate with the State Mission Board 
of the Baptist State Convention, making to the next session a 
report of the work done, and of the general state of mission work. 

10. At each annual session there shall be appointed a com- 
mittee to make report at the subsequent session on the following 
subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Missions, 
Education, Baptist Orphanage, Periodicals and Sunday Schools. 

11. Each annual session shall be introduced by a sermon by 
some brother previously appointed. 

12. The Association will not receive nor retain in permanent 
fellowship any church that retains in its fellowship any one who 
is disorderly in doctrine or practice, or who uses, makes, sells, or 
in any way deals in spirits as a beverage. 

13. This constitution may be amended by a vote of two-thirds 
of the members present at any annual session. 

14. It shall be the duty of this body to appoint a committee 
to confer with any sister church or churches which fail to repre- 
sent for two successive years, and report to the Association at 
next regular session. 



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ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each session shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. When the Moderator calls the Association to order every 
member shall at once take his seat. 

3. When a member wishes to speak, he shall arise and ad- 
dress the Moderator, and not proceed until he is recognized. 

4. No member shall speak more than twice on any one subject 
except by permission of the body and then not over fifteen min- 
utes. 

5. No member shall leave the body during its session without 
permission of the Moderator. 

6. It Avill be counted disorder for any member to stand up, 
leave the house or hold private conversation Avhile the Moderator 
or any member is speaking. 

ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES 

(Reprint from "The Minutes of a Convention organizing the 
Ashe and Alleghany Association held at Buffalo Church in Ashe 
County, September 24, 25, 1886)." 

1st. We believe in one only true and living God; and that 
there are three persons in the God-head — the Father, the Son and 
the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. 

2nd. We believe that the Bible — the Old and New Testament 
— is the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3rd. We believe in the impotency of man, and the sover- 
eignty of God. 

4th. We believe that salvation is by Grace, through faith in 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

5th. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances instituted by Jesus Christy to be practiced only by 
believers in their scriptural order. 

6th. We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a believer 
in water by a qualified administrator. And that only those who 
are thus baptized and are in fellowship with the Church in feeling 
and in doctrine, should take the Lord's Supper. 

7th. We believe in the final perseverance of the Saints in 
Grace to Glory. 

8th. We believe in the resurrection of the dead and a General 
Judgment. 

9th. We believe that the existence of the righteous and of 
the wicked will both be of eternal duration, and that the happiness 
of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will both be 
eternal. 

T. M. Duncan 
I. W. Thomas 
C. J. Woodson 
J. F. Fletcher 
E. L. Tucker 

Committee. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



PROCEEDINGS 

SATURDAY MORNING SESSION— 10 O'CLOCK 

The fifty-first annual session of the Alleghany Baptist Associa- 
tion assembled with the Scottville Baptist Church at Scottville, 
N. C. 

The Moderator, Dr. N. D. Fox presided along with the Clerk, 
Walter P. Johnson. The pianist was Mrs. Walter P. Johnson of 
Sparta, N. C. 

The Annual Session was opened with congregational singing. 
Rev. Kenneth Snyder conducted the devotional. 

Visitors from other associations were recognized along with 
the associational speakers of the day: Rev. G. W. Bullard of the 
Baptist State Board and Dr. W. K. McGee of the Baptist Hospital. 

A roll call of the churches and their messengers was conducted 
and the meeting proceeded with the reading of the following re- 
ports : 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Report of Executive Committee by W. F. Doughton, Chairman. 
The Executive Committee has tried to look after the church 
interests and to see that all the churches were supplied with a 
pastor. 

With the help of our Moderator we secured Miss Dorothy 
Evans as a worker in the Alleghany Baptist Association. She 
began her work early in June and has performed her duties in a 
very satisfactory manner. 

We recommend that our churches cooperate more and that 
a greater brotherly love be shown. We see the need of a great 
revival in all the churches. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. F. Doughton, Chin. 
D. J. Jones 
J. T. Fender 

RECEIVED FOR RENTS ON WHITEHEAD PARSONAGE 

From Roy Hauser $1 00.00 

Spent for Paint $ 15.00 

On Time Deposit in Sparta Bank 85.00 

$100.00 

Received Rents from Junior Miles $ 27.00 

Spent for Carpenter Work and Lumber.- $ 10.32 
Cash on Hand 16.68 



$ 27.00 
J. T. Fender, Chm. 

Parsonage Committee 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



RECEIVED FOR SALE OF PARSONAGE LAND 

Received for sale _ . $5,430.00 

Expenses of sale 44 45 

Balance 5,385.55 

Interest Accumulated 528 

TOTAL AVAILABLE _ __ $5,390.83 

Report discussed and adopted. 

RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

Report of Religious Literature by Mrs. Van Miller. 

To be able to serve intelligently in any field of work we must 
read and study. The foundation of knowledge is to read, therefore, 
may we always strive to provide the best in literature for our homes 
and churches. 

The best force in our hands for arousing our people to the 
urgency of our Lord's Great Commission is our denominational 
press. We should take advantage of this opportunity and let this 
literature be read by our people. At the top of the list is our 
Bible, then the Biblical Recorder, our own State Journal; Charity 
and Children, a publication from our orphanage. 

The Commission, which tells of our Foreign Mission work; our 
Woman's Missionary Union literature which is so educational for 
young and old, our Home Mission publications and our Sunday 
school literature published by our Sunday School Board at Nash- 
ville, Tennessee. 

May we as churches of the association do our part toward 
making this worthwhile literature available to our people. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. Van Miller. 
Report discussed and adopted. 

REPORT ON EVANGELISM 

Report on Evangelism by Rev. F. G. Walker. 

According to the best information available all the churches 
except one in the Association held their annual revival meeting the 
past year with good results. But an annual revival meeting in our 
day is an inadequate effort to successful evangelism. The New 
Testament teaching in regard to evangelism is perennial evangelism. 
Perennial evangelism wins souls all through the year. This is the 
type of evangelism needed in our churches in the Alleghany As- 
sociation. Jesus commands his servants to "go into the highways 
and hedges and compel them to come in" that his table might be 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



filled. If Alleghany Baptists will obey this command, they will 
find themselves among a large host of Southern Baptists who make 
regular, individual, and personal visits to the doors of their neigh- 
bors and friends with no other purpose than to win them to their 
one and only Saviour, the meek and lowly Nazarene. 

These lost people need Christ. They need the church. The 
church needs them. If all of God's children would keep Christ's 
commands our church houses would be filled with worshipers and 
Alleghany Baptists would increase their membership to one thou- 
sand or more in the next Associational year. Christ challenges us 
to yield ourselves to His teachings and the leadership of the Holy 
Spirit in the world of evangelism and rejoice in the fruits of our 
labor. 

Respectfully submitted, 

F. G. Walker. 
Report discussed and adopted. 

The following Committees were appointed by the Moderator : 

Committee on Order of Business : Charlie Pollard, Paul Swan- 
son, Oscar Joines. 

Committee on Time, Place, Preacher: H. E. Singietary, Van 
Miller, Dorothy Evans, W. A. Pruitt. 

Committee on Resolutions : Rev. Willie Hamm, Rev. Lee Wood- 
ruff, Edgar Brown, Mrs. J. T .Fender, Pauline Osborne. 

Committee on Associational Missions: W. F. Doughton, Rev. 
F. G. Walker. 

Nominating Committee: Rev. F. G. Walker, Richard Shep- 
herd, Paul Woodruff, Oscar Shumate, Dale Atwood. 

THE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL AND ASSOCIATIONAL 

MISSIONS 

Report on Associational Bible Schools and Associational Mis- 
sions by Miss Dorothy Evans, Mission Worker. 

One major part of the work of Associational Missions is the 
Vacation Bible School. The Vacation Bible School "cannot be 
carried on effectively and successively unless the church and the 
individual church members endorse it. The worker or workers, as 
the case may be, cannot do as good work if they do not have the 
full support and cooperation of the entire church membership. 

This past year much progress was made, but the results are 
yet far below the goal and possibilities. A total of 347 boys and 
girls were enrolled in the Vacation Bible Schools of the Alleghany 
Association, with an average of 71% attendance. 

I want to make special recognition of the Laurel Springs 
Church, and the pastor, Rev. Kenneth Synder, and the Sunday 
School Superintendent, Mr. Van Miller. Laurel Springs rates 
first in the Association in enrollment and in average attendance. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



This church should be set as an example for the other churches 
to follow. A revival was held at the same time of the Bible School. 
The Sparta Church ranked second to Laurel Springs in enrollment 
and average attendance. In percentage of attendance in accord- 
ance with the enrollment, Laurel Springs rated first, Pine Fork, 
second, and New Hope, third. My suggestion would be, to start 
planning now for your next year's Vacation Bible School, and for 
each member to take his responsibility in seeing that it is success- 
ful. 

It is my desire to see a Vacation Bible School two-weeks in 
every church in 1948, and you can help to that end. I would sug- 
gest also, that each church, when the budget for the year is being- 
made up, that at least te ndollars, in accordance to the size of the 
church and the community be set aside for the expense of the Va- 
cation Bible School. Start now in training your teachers, also, 
for this work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Dorothy Evans. 
Report was approved and adopted. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE 

Report on Temperance by Rev. E. B. Barton. 

"And I have given you want of bread in all your places." Yet 
the best we can do in recalling the Grain Allocation from the 
liquor channels for feeding the hungry children and homeless fami- 
lies, is to recall forty per cent of grain for a limited number of 
days. 

Possibly the accusation of the prophet Amos, "And yet, have 
ye not returned unto me," was never sounded so clearly in the ears 
of our nation as now. 

While eight hundred million of people face starvation, America 
spends nearly eight million dollars annually for Alcoholic beverages. 
This is an average of $55.79 for every man, woman, and child in 
the United States. 

Liquor is America's worst enemy. It must not destroy our 
country and we as Christians must not allow it to destroy the lives 
of our young people for they are the leaders of tomorrow. No one 
can escape the responsibility of helping to destroy the liquor traf- 
fic which is transforming millions of boys and girls into sordid 
drunkards. It is estimated that eight million boys and girls of our 
present generation will be transformed into drunkards. 

There are enough Christians to close every liquor outlet in 
America as the people of our county did. 

We are Christians have won a great victory in Alleghany Coun- 
ty. With the church fighting against it there has never been an 
ABC store, or wine or beer saloon open. It is open only because 
the church people consented to it without fighting against it. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



There are church members who drink beer and cocktails. 

Can the church of today stand aloof from the temperance 
movement and be true to its young' people"? __ 

We as Christian people must teach our children and our youth 
of today against the use and evil of drink. If we fail the liquor 
people will teach them to be drunkards. They advertise through 
the neAvspapers, magazines, over the radio and through motion 
pictures. 

There are forty-six million moderate drinkers in the U. S. A. 

I challenge you as Christians and citizens of Alleghany Coun- 
ty to continue to fight, work and pray against it until not only 
liquor but beer and wine is banished from our county. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. B. Barton. 
Report was adopted. 

Address by Rev. R. M. Haus.s of Shelby, N. C, who represented 
The Allied Church League. 

W. M. U. REPORT 

Report on W. M. U. by Mrs. R. E. Richardson. 

As your Associational W. M. C. Superintendent, I come to you 
today with more of a challenge than a report, considering the fact 
that there is such a great opportunity all around us and we have 
done so little. 

Although we have met our goal financially with gifts to the 
Co-operative Program and special offerings totalling $184.00 for 
the year just ending, we now have active organizations in only 
three of the eleven churches of the association. I regret to report 
that we have one less than we had last year, and only one church 
has its young people organized. It is time we became alarmed 
about our neglect in training and teaching our youth. 

There was a growing concern expressed for sending our girls 
and boys to G. A. and R. A. Camps during their summer vacation, at 
the annual meeting which was held at Liberty Church last June. 
The meeting was surely a blessing and inspiration to all who at- 
tended. Plans were made to fill the one hundred dozen jars for 
our orphanage at Thomasville this summer. 

Let me now implore you, women and young people of this as- 
sociation, to arise to our hour of opportunity and look upon the 
multitudes about us with the same love and concern which caused 
Jesus to have compassion on the multitudes when he walked among 
them. 

In America, and even in Alleghany County, as in Asia and 
Africa, the multitudes are on the march. More than ever Ave are 
to think of our task as world missions and not as detached isolated 
areas of interest designated as home missions and foreign missions. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



The editor of "The Commission" tells us thai whether we like it or 
not the races of the world are at our doors. As we see them and 
hear them, we are not to forget that our Saviour had to press Ids 
way through the crowds, sometimes hostile crowds, and he had com- 
passion on them. He saw them as individuals not as impersonal 
masses, and through all the days of his earthly ministry the lame, 
the blind, the sinning, the sorrowing, the hungry human beings 
were making their appeal to him. Fie heard I heir cries, he led, 
he liberated, he loved, lie saved. 

He has committed to us that unfinished task of ministering to 
the multitudes. Here they are all about us, What are we going to 
do about the people around us? W'lial we do about them and 
about ourselves will determine what will become of the multitudes 
just down the road in Latin America, or across the river in Asia, in 
Africa, in Europe — everywhere. What are we going to do with 
the Commission of Jesus to live and love and witness and serve'? 
Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. R, E. Richardson. 

This report was adopted, 

The congregation joined in singing of "Onward Christian 
Soldiers." 

Rev. G. W. Bullard of Raleigh delivered a message on 
"Associational Missions." lie represented Rev. M. A. Huggins 
of the State Board. 

Dr. N. D. Fox, Moderator, appointed a special committee of 
nine to discuss the plans of securing an associational missionary. 

The morning session (dosed with the introductory sermon by 
Rev. Clarence Gwaltney of Elkin, X. C. 

Benediction by Rev. P. G. Walker, Sparta, N. C. 

AFTERNOON SERVICE — 1:30 O'CLOCK 
Following a delicious dinner that was served by the ladies of 

local Scottville Baptist Church the afternoon service was called 

into session. 

The afternoon assembly was opened by congregational singing 

and a devotional. Rev. O. B. Hart ol the Ashe Association led the 

service in prayer. 

REPORT ON THE NORTH CAROLINA BAPTIST HOSPITAL 

Report on Hospital by Mr. E. C. Minricl 

Having failed to get any definite figures and statistics for this 
report, I am going to give a little information I'rom personal con- 
tact with the hospital this past summer. 

My wife was in the hospital for about ten days during the 
month of June, and I spent a few days in Winston-Salem during 
the critical part of this time. 



10 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



The hospital was very much pushed for accommodations dur- 
ing this time, having only a few beds to spare each day, for those 
who needed hospitalization care. There were many patients who 
had to be put off for this kind of attention due to lack of beds. 

However, in spite of all this, the nurses and doctors all were 
pitching in and doing their work with a cheerfulness that gave 
comfort and hope to hundreds of people. 

To pardon another personal reference, the desk clerk was kind 
enough to phone for room accommodations for me for the few 
nights I spent in Winston-Salem. I mention this because it illus- 
trates only one df the many things the folks down there are doing 
to serve hundreds of people throughout the State of North Carolina 
each day. 

The Out-patient clinic is jammed to capacity each day, giving 
physical examinations, and treating people outside of the hospital. 
This department has been expanded into a new building within the 
past year, and is doing a wonderful service for thousands of pa- 
tients. 

As for Alleghany County, I would say that there are very few 
days out of the year in which you do not find some one from our 
county in the hospital for treatment. 

To sum up this report I would say that here is much evidence 
to show that the Great Physician is on the job each day, working 
through the lives of the doctors and nurses and other hospital per- 
sonnel, who have chosen these professions to serve those who need 
medical attention and hospital care. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Ernest C. Minnich. 
Report was adopted. 

Dr. W. K. McGee of Baptist Hospital addressed the afternoon 
assembly on the value of the hospital to Alleghany County people 
regardless of their religious beliefs. 

MISSIONS 

Report on Missions by Mrs. Ruth Choate. 

State Missions: 

The State Mission program is all inclusive in its activities for 
the development of a Christian state, the growth of the denomina- 
tion and the expansion of all mission work of the State. Its work 
in establishing churches, maintenance of schools and colleges, visual 
educational programs in churches, summer assemblies and retreats, 
training of church members, associational missionary and field 
workers make heavy demands upon the State Treasury. The call, 
therefore, for more funds for State Mission work is increasingly 
great and N. C. Baptist should accept, as far as possible, the un- 
paralleled challenge. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 



Through state mission activities much has been undertaken, 
much has been accomplished, but far more remains to be done. 
There is no state in the South which can, with truth, be called, as 
yet, a Christian State. While Southern Baptists now number ap- 
proximately six million, there are in these Southern States perhaps 
ten million people who are possibilities for our present churches 
and for churches which should be established. And within the 
churches there are multiplied tens of thousands who need to be 
taught and trained for higher living and generous giving. Foreign 
.Missions has a stimulating effect upon all Christian work; the 
educational institutions can, and do, furnish the leadership for this 
work. But no Christian State, and no powerful denomination can 
be built apart from an aggressive State Mission program which 
actually gets the work done. 



Home Missions: 

Dr. J. B. Lawrence, Secretary of the Home Mission Board, 
says: "The strategic point of approach to this world task is the 
Homeland. Keep the homeland evangelized and mobilized for 
service and Ave have the hope and the assurance of a world evan- 
gelization." 

The Home Mission program undertakes to "help where help is 
needed." It now has work among Spanish speaking Americans 
(Mexicans), Indians, French, Italians, Chinese and other lang- 
uage groups. There are mission centers, city and rural missions, 
work among the deaf and among Negroes, Cuban missions and 
work in Panama, Costa Rica and the Canal Zone, in addition to 
miscellaneous special mission enterprises. The Home Mission 
Board sponsors work in 587 churches and missions and needs 327 
more. It has 700 missionaries and workers and needs 389 more. 
It needs more than two million dollars for mission properties and 
over a million dollars a year for operation. Let's keep Home Mis- 
sions vigorous as a good spring-board for world evangelization. 



Foreign Missions: 

The Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Conven- 
tion, in its one-hundred-and-second year, faces the most significant 
opportunities of its history. Appalling world needs, material and 
spiritual, constitute a tremendous challenge to Southern Baptist. 

In the order of occupation, Southern Baptist have entered 
China, Nigeria, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, 
Chile, Palestine-Syria, Spain, Romania, Hungary, Yugoslavia, 
Manchuria, Hawaii, Columbia, Paraguay, and early this year, the 
Gold Coast, West Africa. They have also arranged to enter Guate 
mala and Honduras, which for the time will be regarded as part 
of our Mexico work directed by National Baptist leaders. 



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We have 624 missionaries in active service. Of this number 
56 were appointed at the April semi-annual meeting- of the Board 
and two more in May. Sixty Missionaries were appointed last 
year. Even with these additional recruits, we have only one for- 
eign missionary to approximately 10,000 Southern Baptist. 

The appropriations of the foreign board for current mission- 
aiy work this year total $2,275,000. An increase of approximately 
$600,000 over last year. This increase was due largely to infla- 
tion in most areas of the Board's work. We must not overlook 
the fact, too, that with a net increase of approximately 62 mis- 
sionaries, long-range provision must he made, not only for their 
salaries year by year, but for hospitals and equipment, training 
school, and missionary residences. 

What are we doing for missions? Here are some startling 
ftoures. Last year Southern Baptist gave for all purposes 
$115,226,949, both state and southland. Of this amount less than 
one-fourth, $27,240,704 was given for missions and benevolence. 
For foreign missions the board received last year, not counting re- 
lief and rehabilitation funds, $3,884,991.31, an average of 64 cents 
per capita. 

We gave $14.47 for local purposes and 64 cents for foreign mis- 
sions ! For every 22y 2 cents spent on ourselves, we gave only 
one cent to world missions outside of our own country. In 1945, 
(of twenty evangelical denominations) Southern Baptist ranked 
eighteenth, toward the bottom of the list, in gifts to foreign mis- 
sions. For example, the per capita gift for foreign missions that 
year for Southern Baptist was 60 cents; for the Reformed Church 
in America $2.50; Nazarenes $4.50; Presbyterian U. S. A. $1.38; 
Presbyterian U. S., (Southern) $2.19; Methodist $1.72. 

Here are the other startling facts. It is estimated that last 
year the American people spent $8,000,000,000 for alcoholic drinks, 
$3,500,000,000 for tobacco, $3,000,000,000 in gambling, $2,500,- 
000,000 for schools, $1,000,000,000 for churches^ It has been esti- 
mated that the annual overall cost of crime is $18,000,000,000. 

Isn't it time that we were getting a conscience on Scriptural 
Stewardship and measure our giving in terms of God's purposes and 
program and not in terms of selfish desires and personal comfort? 
Respectfully, 

Mrs. Ruth Choate. 

Report was adopted. 

Dr. Hoyt Blackwell of Mars Hill College brought a most in 
teresting message on Missions and Education. 

REPORT ON ORDER OF BUSINESS 

Report by Mr. A. O. Joines on the Order of Business. 
We, The Committee on Order of Business, wish to make the 
following report. We wish to commend the Moderator on the 



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program for this session of the association, especially do we ap- 
preciate the very able speakers secured for each discussion. We 
recommend that the program be made out in ample time before the 
date of the association and due publicity be made. 

Some delegates or representatives from each church should 
make a report to the Association of the work and the accomplish- 
ments of the church for the year. 

Kespect fully submitted, 

A. 0. Joines 
Charlie Pollard 
Paul Swanson 
Report discussed and adopted. 

TIME, PLACE AND PREACHER 

Report on Time, Place and Preacher. 

TIME— Saturday before 2nd Sunday, September 11-12, 1948 
PLACE — Pine Pork, on their 50th Anniversary 
PREACHER^-Rev. S. L. Blevin, Mt. View, North Carolina 

Alternate, Rev. E. B. Barton, Piney Creek, N. C. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. E. Singletary, Chairman 
Van Mills 
Dorothy Evans 
W. H. Pruitt 
Report was adopted. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON RESOLUTIONS 

Report on Resolutions by Rev. Willie Hamm. 

We, the Committee on resolutions make the following report: 
We as a committee thank the Lord for the blessings during the last 
year and pray for Continuation of the same. 

We wish to extend thanks to Scottville Baptist Church for 
their hospitality and delicious and abundant refreshments. 

We as a committee recommend to the Association that they 
appoint two ministers, two ladies with an executive committee to 
contact the eleven churches in regard to the missionary work in 
this association. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Elder Willie Hamm, Chairman 
Rev. Lee Woodruff 
Edgar Brown 
Mrs. J. T. Fender 
Pauline Osborne 
Report was adopted. 



14 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS 

Special report on Assoeiational Missionary by Rev. F. G. 
Walker. 

We recommend that a committee of seven be appointed who 
will contact the churches to find out what each church will con- 
tribute annually for the support of Assoeiational Missions. With 
the understanding that there is a possibility of employing a worker 
jointly with Elkin. 

The committee should consist of the Executive Committee, 2 
Pastors and 2 Women. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. F. Doughton, Chairman 
F. G. Walker, Reporter 



RESOLUTION 



Resolved that a committee of three brethren be appointed who 
will study the Constitution and Rules of a Decorum with a view 
of making recommendations at our next session, any needed changes 
to bring it up to date. 

Rev. F. G. Walker. 
Adopted by Convention. 



TO WHOM IT MAY COXCERX: 

We, the Parsonage Committee of Laurel Springs Church, hav- 
ing decided to build a parsonage, ask the Association for any funds 
that may be available to the Laurel Springs Church from the sale 
of other parsonage property. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Van Miller. 
Resolutions were presented and approved by the association. 

REPORT ON NOMINATING COMMITTEE 
Your nominating committee suggests the following persons to 
serve the association in the coming year: 

Moderator Dr. N. D. Fox 

Secretary-Treasurer ___...' Walter P. Johnson 

Vice-Moderator A. 0. Joines 

Executive Committee _•_ W. F. Doughton 

J. T. Fender 
W. F. Royal 
Respectfully yours, 
F. G*. Walker 
Richard Shepherd 
Paul Woodruff 
Oscar Shumate 
Dale Atwood 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 15 



Report of Nominations Committee by Rev. F. CI. Walker. 
Adopted as presented with the exception that W. F. Royal's name 
was nominated and elected from floor as a Member of Executive 
Committee. 

Adjournment. 

SATURDAY NIGHT SESSION 

The night session was held at Sparta Baptist Church as it 
was more centrally located for the convenience of all churches in 
the County. 

Devotion was conducted by Dorothy Evans. 

The Baptist Training Union report by Swanson Edwards, 
Director. 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

The annual Associational Sunday School meeting was held with 
the New Hope Church in the early spring. There Avas a very good 
attendance, although some of the churches were not represented. 

All churches in the Association, with the exception of one, re- 
ported Sunday School enrollment larger than in previous years, 
however, the average attendance was not what it should have been. 

The Association is in need of an officer and teachers' training 
school or study course. 

The Sunday School is the right arm of the Church, which 
furnishes the opportunity to train the youth and greater effort 
should be made. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Van F. Miller. 
Report was approved and adopted. 

A message was delivered by Rev. Ernest Powers of West Jef- 
ferson, N. C. 

The evening services were concluded with the highly enter- 
taining Folk Lore Music and singing by Dr. and Mrs. I. G. Greer. 

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE 

Report on Sunday School Work by Van Miller, Assoc. Super- 
intendent. 

Sermon by Rev. F. G. Walker. 

Special Music by Walter P. Johnson. 

Report on Orphanage omitted to allow more time for Dr. I. G. 
Greer of Mills Home Orphanage. Dr. Greer's message was "Key 
To The Abundant Life." It was a most inspiring message. 

Special Music by Sparta Baptist Choir. 

The Concluding Message of the Annual Meeting was brought 
by Rev. Kenneth Snyder of Laurel Springs Church. His title 
"The Unwanted Saviour." 

Benediction. 



16 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

BAPTIST TRAINING UNION REPORT— ALLEGHANY 
ASSOCIATION 

As no one has been enjoined with nor has assumed the respon- 
sibility of Associational Training Union Director during the past 
year, there is little to report in the way oi' progress and advance- 
ment in our associational Training Union work. We as an associa- 
tional body should be ashamed that we have been so negligent in 
the promotion of our Training Union work, should seek the foi-give- 
ness of our Heavenly Father and of our youth for our slothfulness 
in the training of members for leadership in our churches, and we 
should, with renewed determination, set our wholehearted efforts 
to the high privilege of promoting this essential phase of the work 
in our churches. The clarion call for trained leadership is ringing 
from every profession in life. If trained leadership is so vital in 
the social and business world today, how much more important it is 
in the area of religious activities. 

In so far as I know, there is only one church in this associa- 
tion that has a Training Union. We, in the capacity of Director 
of the Training Union in the Sparta Church, make this statement 
with modesty, recognizing that we have failed to nearly achieve 
our possibilities and that we have not made use of the opportuni- 
ties of helping promote this work in other churches. In our opinion 
a Training Union program in a church has equal importance with 
the Sunday School, and the one strengthens the other. 

It is our conviction that a new day in Training Union work 
in this association will not come until we have an associational 
missionary to lead lis out in this undertaking, as well as in other 
phases of church activities. However, we should not use the non- 
availability of such a worker as an alibi, but each of us should real- 
ize his individual responsibility, accept the challenge, and move for- 
ward into fields of more consecrated and sacrificial service in the 
work of the Kingdom. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Swanson Edwards. 



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IN MEMORIAM 

Our beloved members who have passed away from us during 
the past year: 

Miss Matiel Rose ~ _~ _._.Bellview Church 

Miss Adelle Blum ___ Liberty Church 

Mrs. Nora Wagoner New Hope Church 

Miss Jennie Hudson _• Sparta Church 



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ANNUAL 

MINUTES 

—OF THE— 

Alleghany Missionary Baptist 
Association 

52ND ANNUAL SS S.-i-:-..M 

— Held With — 

PINE FORK BAPTIST CHURCH 

LAUREL SPRINGS, N. C. 

September 11-12, 1948 



Next Session Will Be Held With 

LAUREL SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH 

September 10-11. Wn 



Introductory Sermon By: 

Rev. Troy Blevins, 

N. Wilkesboro, North Carolina 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



DIRECTORY OF OFFICERS AND 
COMMITTEES 

Dr. N. D. Fox, Moderator __ __ _._. „ , Sparta, N.C. 

Walter P. Johnson, Clerk and "Treasurer '. Sparta, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

W. F. Doughton, Chairman __ __ Laurel Springs, N. C. 

J. F. Fender ____ — — Whitehead, N. C. 

W. F. Royal __ __ __ _J !_ ._ .... Devotion, N. C. 

COMMITTEES ON REPORTS FOR 1S49 
1 Representative of Baptist Publications — Mrs. J. F. Fender. 

2. Hospital — Mrs. Ben Reeves. 

3. Orphanage — Mrs. Tommy Moxley . 

4. Temperance — Mrs. A. O. Joines. 

5. Missions — Mrs. E. E. Caudill. 

6. Education — Miss Donna Jones, 

7. Evangelism — Rev. F. G. Walker. 

8. Woman's Missionary Union — Mrs. Ross Richardson. 

9. Training Union — Mr. H. E. Singletary. 

10. Sunday School — Herbert Osborne. 

11. Comnrttee on Whtehead Parsonage — Ben Reeves, J. T. 
Fender, F. W. Cheek. 

12. Committee on History of Alleghany Association— John M. 

Cheek, Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. W. B. Estep, W. F. Doughton, 
Hon. R. L. Doughton. 

13. Daily Vacation Bible School — Mrs. Carrie Jones. 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. F. G. Walker - Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. Fred Blevins „ Wilkesboro, N. C. 

Rev. E. B. Barton __ __ ____ Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. William Hamm __-■■ ____ ___. Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Rev. Lee Woodruff 1. '__' „ ____ „ _____ Sparta, N. C. 



2 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION' 

CONSTITUTION 

1. This body shall be called the Alleghany Baptist Associa- 
tion. 

2. The object of this Association shall be an organized ef- 
fort to unite the churches in more efficient work for the spread 
of the Gospel in our bounds and in all the world, and in this 
work the Association will cooperate with the Baptist State 
Convention of North Carolina. 

3. The members of this body shall all be ordained min- 
isters of the churches composing this Association and three dele- 
gates from each, who shall bring a letter certifying their ap- 
pointment and giving statistics of the membership and work of 
the churches 

4. At each annual session of the body there shall be elected 
a Moderator, a Clerk and Treasurer in such way as the Asso- 
ciation may direct. The last two offices may be held by one 
member. 

5. The Moderator shall preside at the meetings, preserve 
order, appoint committees and perform such duties as are 
usually required of presiding officers. 

churches;, the body of these proceedings. 

6. The clerk shall keep a correct record of all proceedings 
of the body and superintend the printing and distribution to 

7. The Treasurer shall have charge of all funds sent up to 
our Association, pay them out as Association may direct, and 
make a report at each annual session. 

8. The Association shall hold annual meetings at such times 
and places as may be agreed upon. 

9. At each annual meeting, there shall be appointed an Ex- 
ecutive Committee of three brethren who shall look after the 
destitute in the bounds and cooperate with the State Mission 
Board of the Baptist State Convention, making to the next 
session a report of the work done, and of the general state of 
mission work. 

10. At each annual session there shall be appointed a com- 
mittee to make report at the subsequent session on the follow- 
ing subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Missions, 
Education, Baptist Orphanage, Periodicals and Sunday Schools. 

11. Each annual session shall be introduced by a sermon 
by some brother previously appointed. 

12. The Association will not receive nor retain in perman- 
ent fellowship any church that retains in its fellowship any one 
who is disorderly in doctrine or practice, or who uses, makes, 
sells, or in any way deals in spirits as a beverage. 

13. This constitution may be amended by a vote of two- 
thirds of the members present at any annual session. 

14 It shall be the duty of this body to auDoint a committee 
to confer with any sister church or churches which fail to repre- 
sent for two successive years, and report to the Association at 
next regular session. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



RULES OF DECORUM 

1. Each session shall be opened and closed by prayer. 

2. When the Moderator calls the Association to order every 
member shall at once take his> seat. 

3. When a member wishes to speak, he shall rise and ad- 
dress the Moderator, and not proceed until he is recognized. 

4. No member shall speak more than twice on any one sub- 
ject except by permission of the body and then not over fifteen 
minutes. 

5. No member shall leave the body during its session without 
permission of the Moderator. 

6. It will be counted disorder for any member to stand up, 
leave the house or hold private conversation while the Moder- 
ator or any member is speaking. 

ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES 

(Reprint from "The Minutes of a Convention organizing the 
Ashe and Alleghany Association held at Buffalo Church in Ash2 
County, September 24, 25, 1886.)" 

1st. We believe in one only true and living God; and that 
there are three persons in the God-head — the Father, the Son 
and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. 

2nd. We believe that the Bible— the Old and New Testament 
— is the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3rd. We believe in the impotency of man, and the sover- 
eignty of God. 

4th. We believe that salvation is by GTace, through faith in 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

5th. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Suoper are 
ordinances instituted by Jesus Christ, to be practiced' only by 
believers in their scriptural order. 

6th. We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a believ- 
er m water by a qualified administrator. And that onlv those 
who are thus baptized and are in fellowship with the Church 
in feeling and in doctrine, should take the Lord's Supper. 

7th. We believe in the final perseverance of the Saints in 
Grace to Glory. 

8th. We believe in the resurrection of the dead and a Gen- 
eral Judgment 

9th. We believe that the existence of the rishteous and of 
the wicked will both be of eternal duration, and that the han- 
piness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will 
both be eternal. 



-;f-; 



T. M. Duncan. 

I. W. Thomas 

C. J. Woodson ' : \ * u 

J. F. Fletcher ' if^j 

E. L. Tucker, Committee. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Proceedings 



Saturday Morning Session — 10:00 A. M. 

The fifty-second annual meeting of the Alleghany Mis- 
sionary Baptist Churches' Association assembled with the Pine 
Fork church at Laurel Springs, N. C. This Association joined 
with Pine Fork in observance of the fiftieth anniversary of 
Pine Fork Baptist church. 

The Moderator, Dr. N. D. Fox, called the Association to or- 
der. Walter P. Johnson served as officiating clerk. 

The first act of business was a call of churches and their 
messengers or alternates. Brother A. O. Joines, Liberty church 
messenger, moved that all present members of Alleghany Bap- 
tist Association church be seated together as voting delegates 
in, the Association* This; was ruled out of order by the presiding 
Moderator. 

The devotional was conducted by Brother J. A. Gilliam, 
Moderator of Stone Mountain Association of Wilkes county. 
Congregational singing of "Onward Christian Soldiers," follow- 
ed devotional prayer. 

Visitors recognized were: Brother J. A. Gilliam, Stone Mt. 
Association; Rev. John F. Goodman, Ashe Association; Mrs. 
W. R. Fox, Alexander Association; Rev. S. L. Blevins, Stone 
Mt. Association; Rev. Fred Blevins, Brushy Mt. Association. 

Reports were as follows: 

Report of Executive Committee — Deferred by request un- 
til afternoon session. 

Report of Religious Literature — Postponed until com- 
mittee was present. 

Report on Evaneglism presented by Rev. F. G. Walker. A- 
d'orpted by Association. 

Report of Religious Literature presented by Mrs. Ruth 
Choate — adopted. 

The Moderator, Dr. N. D. Fox, appointed all committees of 
the Association. 

Report on Associational Bible School and Missions was 

Report on Temperance was adopted after presentation by 
given by Rev. Kenneth Snyder — adopted. 
Mrs. J. T. Fender. 

R. R. Jackson, Wake Forest College enlargement repre- 
sentative, gave an address on "State Missions." His text was. 
"Ye Are My Witness." The congregation sang, "What A Friend 
We Have In Jesus." 

The annual Associational sermon was delivered by Rev. 
S. L. Blevins, His« text was St. Luke 24:49. 

Afternoon Session, 2:00 P. M. 

The afternoon session opened with the Pine Fork choir, 
led by Rev. Willie Hamm, singing two special selections De- 
votional was conducted by Rev. Kenneth Snyder. 

Afternoon visitors recognized were Dr. and Mrs. W K. 
McGee, of the Baptist hospital; Laurence JJighfield Mars Hill 
College. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIS T ASSOCIATI ON 5 

The W. M. U. report was given by Mrs. Ross Richardson. 
3t was adopted. 

Hospital reports by Rev. Willie Hamm was adopted. Dr. 
W. K. McGee, of the Baptist hospital, delivered an address con- 
cerning the work of the hospital. 

The report on "Christian Education" was delivered by Bro. 
W. F. Royal. He was followed by Lawrence Highfield, who 
.spoke on the same subject. 

Executive committeeman J. T. Fender presented the annual 
report of the Executive Committee. It was adopted by the as- 
sembly of delegates. 

A report of a special committee pertaining to amending the 
constitution of the Association was defeated when presented to 
the Association. 

Mrs. E. E. Caudill, of Liberty church, presented the report 
•of Resolutions. It was adopted. 

The Time, Place and Preacher committee reported and their 
report was approved. 

The Nominations Committee presented a unanimous report 
which was approved by the Association. 

Sunday Service 

The service opened with the singing of "All Ha 1 ' 1 the Pow- 
er." Devotional was. conducted by Rev. Lee Woodruff. 

Report on the Sunday school was adopted after Bro. Van 
Miller presented it. 

In absence of the Orhpanage report, the Clerk read the 
contributions of each church in the Association 

• Rev. Reed, of Kennedy Home, delivered an address on the 
work of the Eastern North Carolina orphanage. 

The hymn, "I'll Live On," was sung, following Rev. Reed's 
message. 

_ Rev. F. G. Walker, of Sparta, brought a sermon on evan- 
gelism. His sermon was followed by the congregation singing 
"'The Ninety and Nine." 

The Association was closed with a sermon by the president 
of Gardner-Webb Junior College, Rev. Phil. L. Elliott. 

Benediction. 

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES 

REPORT ON EVANGELISM 

In the churches of the Association the Evangelistic note 
nas been this year well sounded. There has been more addi- 
tions to the churches than usual, but in compliance with the 
example and teachings of Jesus we need to constantly seek to 
win all the unsaved in our separate communities. This is the 
task of the church. Christ commissioned the church when He 
said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go 
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name 
of the Father, and Son and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them 
to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and 
lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." 
Therefore, in view of man's need of Salvation and in obedience 



6 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION' 

to the command of Christ, it is the recommendation of the com.- 
mittee, that this Association join hands and hearts with Bro- 
her J. C. Canipe, Chairman of Evangelism for North Carolina. 
Baptists, in a 'simultaneous evangelistic campaign to be held 
the first two weeks in October, 1949, in which campaign every 
church in the Association shall gloriously participate. 

Respectfully submitted, F, G. Walker, Chairman of Evan- 
gelism- for the Association and State Baptist Convention. 

REPORT ON RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

That famous adage, "The one who reads is the one wh» 
leads," was never more true yesterday than it is today. Know- 
ledge is power, and the main foundation of that power is the 
ability to' read intelligently. No individual can think adequately 
or serve efficiently in any field of endeavor or activity without 
first acquiring the rudiments of an able reader. Indeed, read- 
ing formulates the. basis of new ideas; it inculcates new per- 
spectives on life; it stimulates thinking; it regulates conduct; it 
brings enlightenment and culture. Reading enables one to trav- 
el thousands of miles, cross oceans and mountains, while sit- 
ting in an armchair. Not only can reading be used as a method by 
which we may employ all our six senses, but it can be the 
guide to our ways of living. 

A very significant, and by far the most important aspect 
of our public educational system has been to teach the great 
masses of our people how to read comprehendingly, because a 
democracy depends upon the ability of the common man. A 
survey Of the history of Christian civilization shows that so- 
called democracies have declined when the average man had 
no leisure time for cultural and intellectual development, when 
the wealth of nations, was; usurped by the aristocracy. 

A church likewise depends upon every link in its chain 
for development and growth. The average member must be 
an asset, not a liability. The denominational press is the best 
force and controlling factor which the church today possesses 
for stimulating an intellectual curiosity and a mental alertness 
among its people; for arousing its members to the urgency of 
the great commission of God. The Bible, the most remarkable 
book of all time; the Biblical Recorder, our own State journal; 
Charity and Childred, a publiciation from our orphanage; the 
Commission, which discusses our Foreign Mission work; our 
Woman's Missionary Union literature, which is educational for 
all groups; our Home Mission publications and our Sunday 
school literature published by our Sunday school board at Nash- 
ville, Tenn., all of these publications of worthwhile literature 
are available to our people and it is our duty as churches of 
the association, to extend our efforts toward making a wen- 
read, well-informed membership. 

What we need today is a "Great Awakening" of mind and 
spirit, an "age of enlightenment when the average individual 
hallows the printed page." We need to know more about the 
Bible, more about God's people throughout the world and more 
understanding of ourselves. Over four hundred years ago a 
great movement took place in Germany and throughout west- 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



ern Europe called the Protestant Reformation; that was the dav 
when some of our enlightened forefathers severed themselves 
from the domination of the Roman Catholic church and pave., 
the way for religious freedom; that was the real beginning of 
our Baptist denomination. And, today, one of the greatest worla 
wide movements in Christian history, since that of the 16th 
century, is now taking place in Amsterdam, Holland. The 
World Council of Churches, representing 150 separate denomin- 
ations and 140 million Christians, is the profound realization 
of the largest Protestant union in history. What the results for 
our denomination wiil be remains to be seen, but the decisions 
most likely will be momentous. Let us then accept the chal- 
lenge of Christian brotherhood and the command of Jesus when 
he declared: "Study to show thyself approved unto God . . . " 

Respectfully submitted, 

Ruth J. Choate. 

REPORT ON ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS AND V. B. 8. 

The work of Associational Missions and Vacation Bible 
schools was greatly hindered this year due to the polio epi- 
demic in our State. We were, however, able to conduct four 
Bible schools in this Association. Sparta Baptist church co 
ducted their Bible school, also the New Hope Baptist church 
without the assistance of an Associational worker. The schools 
this summer were Liberty and Laurel Springs. In the four 
schools the enrollment was 216 and average daily attendance 
was 160. In the maintenance of associational work during the 
summer, there were 23 personal contacts made, 28 cards writ- 
ten and 34-4 miles driven. 

A Baptist Training Union was organized at New Hope 
Baptist church following a study course for juniors and inter- 
mediates. 

All the churches of the Association seemed interested in 
having a Bible school, but had some difficulty in deciding upon 
the date. Then the polio epidemic became worse and the church 
thought it best to dispense with the Bible schools. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Kenneth Snyder. 

REPORT ON TEMPERANCE 

Since our last Association, according to reliable sources, 
eight million dollars have been spent for alcoholic beverages 
The share of each one of us in this church is exactly $55.79. 

While the good citizens of our county put the stamp ot 
disapproval on hard liquor by a decisive vote not long ago, still 
the black fag of wine and beer is waving over many places of 
business within our bounds. 

Since our last Association, the Paymaster has settled sev- 
eral accounts with death — a reminder of the penalty for those 
who deal in intoxicants. 

Within the past few weeks, 18 counties in N. C, have voted 
out beer and wine. After trying it, they say its enough and by 
an enormous majority they put it on the run and stamped it 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



a costly and debauching business. May I beseech you, be strong! 
Do not weaken, as- some suggest 

Alleghany can and should lift its standard one notch high- 
er. P!e°ase do not weaken, but be strong.. The gleam of light is 
grjvmg brighter. 

Respectfully, 

Mrs. J. T. Fender.. 

W. M. U. REPORT 

It is with gratitude to our Heavenly Father that we report 
the progress of the Woman's Missionary Union of our Asso- 
ciation during the past year. 

There was an increase in membership from 38 to 66, in- 
creases in cooperative program ..gifts, offerings to State, Home 
and Foreign Missions and other denominational interests, the 
reported gifts for all causes being $226.25. 

We sponsored a drive for used clothing during the sum- 
mer, for World Relief, and a total of 691 pounds was shipped tot 
the Southern Baptist relief center at New Orleans. There it is 
sorted, repacked, with portions of scripture enclosed, and sent 
to the needy in other parts of the world. 

It is a great joy to report the organization of a girls' auxi- 
liary at Sparta church with a membership of seventeen very 
active and interested girls. 

Our annual meeting at Laurel Springs, June 10, was a time 
of real inspiration and fellowship with all of our organizations 
well represented and two pastors present. We were delighted to 
ha^ve our State Executive Secretary, Miss Ruth Province, of Ral- 
eigh, with us and hear her inspiring message. We also had a 
Japanese student missionary from our W. M. U. Training school 
at Louisville, Ky., who, through her soul-stirring message, made 
us realize the joy of having even a small part in helping her 
and others called by God, to hear and give to others the saving 
message of our Lord. 

We regret that the other eight churches in our Associa- 
tion do not join us in W. M. U. organizations and find the joy 
of service in this field of missionary endeavor. Let us go forward 
in His strength and His name. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. R. E. Richardson, Assistant Supl. 

REPORT ON HOSPITAL 

Every year a Mother's Day offering is sent in from all over 
the State. The amount was $126,435. 

The service patients' cost was $284,282. In addition to what 
they paid, $145,262 came from the Duke Endowment. 

This tremendous amount of free service is much larger in 
percentage than was done by any other Baptist hospital in the 
world. 

Report by Rev. Willie Hamm. 



^ ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION _9 

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

In this fast age in which we live, we are so much inter- 
ested in our children getting an education. We all go our length 
lh : helping them in obtaining, at least, a high school education. 
But many <yl us are pitifully neglecting the real fundamental 
'teachings that should be given our children in childhood to 
prepare them for a successful Christian life. 

Let us refer to Moses of the Bible, when he was giving the 
commandments to the children of Israel. Deut. 6: 6-9, "And 
these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thv 
heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, 
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest m> thine house, and 
when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and 
when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon 
thine hand and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. 
And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and 
on thy gates." 

A Christian education must begin in the home, instead o- 
practicing ungodly things before our children while they are 
young and then hope for them a Christian education to be ob- 
tained from schools and colleges when they have grown up. 

We are proud of the colleges, universities and theological 
schools, and the work they are doing, sponsored by our South- 
ern, Baptist, but let us remember that a life and education be- 
gun right is more apt to end right. 

Then let us rally around our youth training, in our homes, 
in our Sunday schools, and in our young peoole's training un- 
ions, that we may be better enabled to hand to our schools and 
colleges a better grade of material for them to work upon. 
Then a building will have been erected upon a solid founda- 
tion, built of enduring material and supported by the unfailing 
favors of a God of love, that will be able io meet the issues 
of life in the strength of Christ. 

Respectfully submitted, /. :■ i 

F. W. Royall. , . 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

In most churches we are elad to report considerable pro- 
ptess; especially at Pine Fork, Mt. Carmel and Belleview. 

~. On the agreement of the Executive Committee, progress 
is beine made on the construction of a parsonage at" White- 
head. The lumber for the framing is On the ground. 

Your committee has failed to do the visiting and personal 
work which we should have done. - . 

W. F. Doughton, Chairma 
J. R. Fender 
W. F. Royall,:- 



10 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

SPECIAL REPORT ON CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT 

We move that the present committee on recommendations 
for changes in the Constitution and by-laws be continued and 
that three others be added to the committee as follows: Rev. 
Kenneth Snyder, Mrs. Effie Pruitt and Rev. Fred Blevins. 

F. G. Walker, 
Ruth Choate, 
E. C. Minnich, Committee. 

RESOLUTIONS REPORT 

Resolved that in the coming year each church in this As- 
sociation shall support each other in their Christian activities. 
Especially do we recommend that all ministers join together 
during revivals in a solid effort to win the lost to Christ. 

In behalf of the Baptist of thisi Association, we would like 
to give a rising vote of thanks to the people of Pine Fork 
church for their cordial welcome extended us and for the de- 
licious lunch and kind reception, we are deeply grateful. 

Mrs. E. E. Caudill 
Mr. E. E. Jones 
Mr. E. W. Shepherd. 

REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOLS 

Our Sunday schools are the most important organizations 
that are carried on by the churches. A Sunday school is nothing 
but a church at work. To have a progressive county, we must 
have a progressive church with a progressive Sunday school. 
It is an institution where every child of God can take part and 
do something for the Master. Here the unsaved can be taught 
the truths of His word and be led from darkness to light. The 
Sunday school needs us and we need the Sunday school. May 
the older people not just send their children. Let's take them. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Van Miller. 

REPORT ON TRAINING UNION 

During the past year, training union work has made very 
little progress in this Association. I do not like to make this 
statement, yet little effort has been made in thi& work. From the 
best information I have been able to find, there are only two 
churches in the Association which have any training union work 
going on. These are struggling along for existence. There are 
no legitimate excuses that can be offered. We have fallen down 
on the job. Yes, the membership of the churches in the Alle- 
ghany Association, especially the adults, have failed to provide 
essential training for themselves and others. 

A wide awake training union is greatly needed in every 
church. We need eleven training unions just as we need eleven 
Sunday schools.. The day schools need trained teachers, business 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 

demands trained personnel. Should our churches be satisfied 
with less? 

What can be done in our Association to encourage Training 
in our churches? 

In reporting on this phase of our work last year Brother 
Swanson Edwards made an appeal for an Associational worker 
in the fields' of missions and training. I am in full accord with 
his suggestion. 

The young people have talents which should be developed. 
The Training Union in your church will give an excellent op- 
portunity to the young and old for Christian development. 

The challenge continues to be ours. With this challenge 
comes a great opportunity for leadership service. 

Respectfully submitted, 
H. E. Singletary. 

REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

Your nominating committee wishes to suggest that the fol- 
lowing persons, be unanimously elected to serve the Associa- 
tion in the coming year: 

Dr. N. D. Fox, Moderator; Walter P. Johnson, Secretary-Treas- 
urer; W. F. Doughton, J. T. Fender, W. F. Royal, Members of 
the executive committee. 

Respectfully yours, 
W. F. Doughton, Chairman 
Rev. Willie Hamm 
Mrs. Carrie Jones 
H. E. Singletary 
Ray Parlier. 

TIME, PLACE AND PREACHER REPORT 

TIME: Saturday, before and the second Sunday, September 11- 
§2, 1949. 

PLACE: Laurel Springs Baptist church. 

PREACHER: Rev. Troy Blevins, North Wilkesboro. 

Respectfully submitted by, 
Rev. Fred Blevins 
Andy Osborne 
W. F. Shepherd 
T. S. Moxley 
H. J. Spicer. 



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ANNUAL 



MINUTES 

—OF THE— 

Alleghany Missionary Baptist 
Association 

. 53RD ANNUAL SESSION 

—Held With— 

LAUREL SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH 

LAUREL SPRINGS, N. C. 

September 10-11, 1949 



Next Session Will Be Held With 
NEW RIVER BAPTIST CHURCH 

September 9-10, 1950 



Introductory Sermron By 

Rev. F. G. Walker, Spartia, N. C. 

Alternate A. K. Taylor, 

Independence, Va. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOC IATION 1 

ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION GENERAL OFFICERS 

Van F. Miller, Moderator Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Herbert Osborne, Vice Moderator Piney 1 Greek, N. C. 

W. K. Sprinkle, Clerk-Treasurer Sparta, N. C. 

A. O. Joines, Auditor Sparta, N. C. 

John Cheek, Historian Sparta, N. C. 

P. W. Royal, Choister Cherry Lane, N. C. 

iMris. Walter Johnson, Pianist Sparta, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Van P. Miller, Chairman, Ex - Officio Laurel Springs, N. C. 

W. K. Sprinkle, Clerk Sparta, "N. C. 

Amos Wagoner __ Sparta Church 

■W- F-- Doughton Laurel Springs Church 

|/(f. W. RoyalLrry— .-, « Mt. Canmel Church 

>>3LJ^a^r^^C^^^^-^-^<^ Liberty Church 

V^tC. E. Jones f-J. yz Bellview Church 

t^osey Pr nitty -^l Jj£zj£z__ Pine /Fork Qh^reh 

/jfljll'tjO I^SmhExEES on M^Qtiu£®^m, {^^4 

T. Riepresentatrve oif Baptist Publication, Miss Donna Jones. 
2. Hospital,, Mrs. J. K. Doughton. 
•3. Orphanage, Mrs. Harry Young. 

4. T. imp e ranee, Mrs F. G. Walker. 

5. Missions), Mrs. J. T. Fender, t 

6. Education, Mrs. Ruth J. Choate. 

7. Evangelism, Mrs.. A. O. Joines. 

8. Woman's Missionary 1 Union, Mrs. R. E. Richardson. 

9. Training Union, H. E. Single tary. 

.10. Sunday schools,, Walter P. Johnson. . 

11. Committee on Whitehead Parsonage, Bien Reeves, J. T. Fen- 

der, F. W. Cheek. 

12. Committee on History of Alleghany Association — John 
M. Gheeik, Mrs.. F. Miller, Mrs, W. B. Estep, W. F. Doughton. 
Hon. R. L. Doughton. 

13. Daily Vacation Bible School, Lee Woodruff. 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. F. G. Walker Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. William Hamm Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Rev. Lee Woodruff Sparta, N. C. 




Z ALLEGHANY BAPTIST- ASSOCIATION 

CONSTITUTION 

PREAMBLE: We, the messengers of Baptist churches ire 
the County of Alleghany, State of North Carolina, and territory- 
adjacent thereto,, do hereby propose to establish and maintain 
the order of a district Association in conformity to the following; 
plan: 

Article 1. The name of this, organization shall be Alleghany 
Baptist Association. 

MEMBERSHIP 

Article 2. The members of this Association shall consist; 

cf all pastors serving constituent churches! together with all 
regularly ordained ministers holding membership in these 
church- s and such messengers as may be selected by the 
churches comprising it and duly certified to in the annual let- 
ters sent by the churches to the appointed meetings, the basis 
of representation being' three messengers for each church hav^- 
ing a membership not exceeding fifty, and one additional mes- 
senger for each increase of fifty, or fraction thereto: Provided 
that no church have more than five messengers from, its lay 
membership. 

OBJECTS 

Article 1 3. The object of this body shall be to devise and re- 
commend measures for increasing the unity and growth, the 
intelligence and spiritual powers of the churches, and for the 
developing and directing their energies, their resources and 
their gifts, in promotng the: Kingdom of God jo-n the earth in 
compliance with th; New Testament principles and in coopera- 
tion with the State Baptist Convention and he Southern Baptist 
Convention. 

POWERS AND PREROGATIVES 

Article 4. While disclaiming the right of authority to in- 
terfere in the affairs of any local church, this Association as- 
sents its privilege of using its discretion) in receiving churches 
ino its fellowship, and in withdrawing fellowship from any 
church found on careful investigation to be walking in disorder 
or failing in practice to endorse arid support the missionary 
and benevolent work of the Baptist denomination. 

Article 5. The Association shall meet annually, the time 
and place being determined at the previous session; and each 
annual assembly shall organize itself by properly enrolling its 
membership, and by electing from its membership, at the reg- 
ular appointed time, the following officers: Moderator, Vice- 
Moderator, Clerk - Treasurer, Auditor, Historian, Associations! 
Sunday school Superintendent, Associatjonial Training Union 
Director, Associational W. M. U. President, Choir Director and 
Pianist. The newly elected officers shall assume the duties of 
their office at the close of the session at which they are elected. 
The Moderator and Clerk shall arrange an order of business 
and program for each session, subject to change if the Associa- 
tion so desires. 



AIJ LEGHANY BAPTIS T ASSOCIATION B 

Article 6. At each annual session an Executive Committee 
shall be appointed by the Association, wiiieh Committee shail 
consist of tb; general officers of the body together with the 
pastors of each church, which me'mlber shall be nominated by 
the church or by delegates pr-sanit from the ehuron and ap- 
proved by the Association. Tnis Committee shall me it as often 1 
as it may desire for the effectual execution and performance 
of its. duties. At its discretion! it may seloct out of its o^wn -mem- 
bership a smaller Committee of not less than five members to 
act in its behalf between sessions of the full B'card. 

Article 7. At each annual session there shall be appointed a 
committee to make report at the subsequent session on the fol- 
lowing subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Mis- 
sions,, Christian Education, Baptist Orphanage, Hospitals, Per- 
iodicals, Sunday Schools, Training Unions,, Woman's Mission- 
ary Union, Temperance and Public Morals-. 

DUTIES OF OFFICERS 

Article 8. It shall be the duty of the Moderator to open 
-the meeting punctually at the appointed time, to enforce the 
rules, to decide all questions of order subject to an appeal to 
the Association, and appoint all committees unless otherwise 
ordered. 

Article 9, It shall be the duty of the Vice-Moderator to 
discharge the duties of the Moderator in his absence. 

Article: 10. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to keep- a faith- 
ful r.cord of the proceedings of the Association, to superintend 
the printing and the distribution of tne sam.i; and to keep on 
file the printed minutes and other important documents be- 
longing to the boidy. 

Article 11. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive 
and pay ever to the proper parties all the money contributed 
-direct to the Association by the churches- and- .make an annual 
report to the Association. 

Article 10. It shall be the duty of the Auditor to examine 
annually the Treasurer's books and attest the report. 

Article 13. It shall be the duty of the Historian to collect 
and put in some durable form all facts and interest about each 
of the churches of the; Association and make a report at each 
session of this. body. 

Article 14. It shall be the_dluty of the Associational Sunday 
.School Sup rintendent to pi emote the work of the Sunday 
-School in the Association, 

Article 15. It shall be the duty of tbei Associational Train- 
ing Union Director to promote the work of the Train! rag Union 
in the Association. 

Article 16. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committe: 
to transact the business of the Association ad interim- as speci- 
fied in Article Three. It shall contract no debts in tba name of 
the Association without its specific authority. It shall make an- 
nual reports to the Association of the general state of missions 
and tbei work done. 



4 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION: 

Article 17, This, constitution may b& amended by a vote 
of two thirds of the mamlbersi present at any annual session. 

ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES 

(Reprint from "The Minutes of a Convention organizing the 
Ashe and Alleghany Association held at Buffalo Church in 
Ashe County, September 24, 25, 1886,)" 

1st. W; believe in one only true and 1 living God; and that 
there are three persons in the God-head — the Father, the Son 
and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. 

2nd. We believe that the Bible— the Old and New Testament 
—is the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice, 

3rd. We believe im the imipotency of man, and the sover- 
eignity of God. 

4th. We believe that salvation is by Grace, through faith in 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

5th.. We bdieve that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances instituted by Jesus Christ, to be practiced only by 
beildevers in their scriptural order. 

Gth. We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a. believ- 
er in water by a qualified administrator. And that only those 
who are thus baptized and are in fellowship with the Church 
ini feeling and in doctrine, should talkethe Lord's Supper. 

7th. We believe in the final perseverance of the Saints in 
Grace to Glory. 

8th. We believe in the ressiurection of the dead and a Gen- 
eral Judgment. 

9th. We believe that the existence of the righteous and of 
the wicked will both be of eternal duration, and thata the hap- 
piness of the righte'ous and the punishment of the wicked will 
both be eternal. 

T. M. Duncan 

I. W. Thomas 

C. J. Woodson 

J. F. Fletcher 

E. L. Tucker, Committee. 

RULES OF ORDER 

1. This Association shall be opened and closed' with pray- 
er. 

2. A majority of members present shall be a quorum £or 
th;. transaction of business,, except in matters relating to 1 the 
constitution. 

3. Brethren invited to seats with us shall have the privilege 
of discussion, but not of voting. 

4. No question shall be discussed without a motion and sec- 
ond. All motions made and seconded shall be definitely stated 
by the Moderator, or, at his request, be read by the Clerk before 
vote is called for. If a motion contains two or morei points it 
shall be divided by request of one member and the vote taken 
separately. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing before 
being put to a vote. 

5. Members wishing to speak shall rise and address the 



ALLEGHANY BAPTI ST A SSOCIATION 5 

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Moderator and be recognized' by him. He shall confine him- 
self to the question under consideration;, and 1 avoid all person- 
alities. He shall not speak mere than twice on the- same sub - 
j ot and net over fifteen minutes without permission from the 
body. 

6. When a question is under discussion no other motion or 
proposition shall be received except to adjourn.,, to lay on the 
table, to amend, to commit, to postpone to a definite tim , 
which several motions shall have preference in the order in 
which they come. 

7. The Association shall have the right to decide what sub- 
jects shall be admitted for consideration. 

8. Any church failing to be represented in thisi body either 
by messengers or by letter for two sessions will be subject to 
thei discipline of the body. A committee shall be appointed to 
visit the church and aid theim in any way possible and in case 
the church shall not report for the third year it shall be ex- 
cluded from, the fellowship of the Association. 

9. No member shall absent himsetllf permanently from the 1 
session; of the Association without the permission of the Mod- 
erator. 

10. All questions of order not herein provided for in these 
-Rules of Order shall be decided by Rules of some recognized, 
"'Parliamentary Practice," preferably "Robert's" or "Kerfoots." 



Proceedings 



Saturday Morning Session, Sept. 10 — 10:00 A. M. 

The fifty-third annual meeting of the A^eghany Mission- 
ary Baptist churches assembled with the Laurel Springs Baptist 
church, Laurel Springs, N. C„ to enjoy a fine fellowship with 
the associational churches and to carry out the business pro- 
ceedings. 

The Moderator, Dr. N. D. Pox, cabled the association to 
order. Walter P. Johnson served as officiating clerk. Devo- 
tional by Rev. Fred Blevins. Visiforsi recognized by G. W. Bul- 
.lard. 

Roll call of churches conducted by Moderator. 

Report of executive 1 oommittee by W. F. Doughton, chrnn. 
Report was adopted. 

Report on Baptist Publications by Mrs. J, T. Fender. Re- 
port was adopted. 

Report en Missions by Mrs. E. E. Caudill. Report was ad- 
opted. 

Report on W. M. U. by Mrs. Ross Richardson. Report was 
adopted. 

A special message on the "Status Quo" of Association by 
Rev. F. G. Walker. 

Hymn — "All Hail the Power" by the congregation. 

Address by G. W. Billiard of State Board. Topic — "Christ- 
ian Stewardship." 



6 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Report on Temperance by Mrs. A. O. Joines. Report was 
adopted. 

Annual appointment of committees, by Moderator. 
Hymn — ■ '"Take My Life and Let It Be" by the congregation. 

Introductory sermon by Rev. John G. Goodman of Scott- 
ville church. Text — Psalm 49: 1-7. 

Adjourned for lunch. Lunch was served by ladies of the 
La ur _ 1 Sip r i ngs ch ur c h . 

Afternoon Session, Sept. 10, 1949 — 1:30 P. M. 

Devotional was conducted by Rev. Lee Woodruff, of Bell- 
view church. 

Hymn sung by congregation, "What A Friend We Have 
In Jesus," 

Recognized visitors — Dr. W. K. McGee from Baptist hos- 
pital, Winston - Salem, N. C; Rev. F. L. Bell. 

Report on hospital by Clerk Walter P. Johnson, who read 
associational contribution to hospital. 

Remarks by Rev. F. L. Bell regarding hospital. 

Address by Dr. W. K. McGee of Baptist hospital. 

In a special business session Dr. N. D. Fox was elected as 
the asiS.ociatio.nal representative for the Baptisit hospital. 

Report on Education by Miss Donna Jones. 
Report was. adopted. 

Report on Training Union by Herbert E. Singletary. Re- 
port was adopted. 

Hymn — "How Firm A Foundation," by congregation. 

Evangelism by Rev. F. G. Walker. 

Report on Daily Vacation Bible Schools by Mrs. Carrie 
Jones, Report was adopted. 

Reports oni various, committees as follows:: 

Report of Nominating Committee. Report was adopted as 
presented by acclamation. 

Report of committee on time, place and preacher: Time, 
Saturday before second Sunday in September 1950'. Place, New 
River church. Evening session at Sparta church. Preacher, Rev. 
F. G. Walker. Alternate, Rev. A. K. Taylor. 

Committee,, A. O. Joines, chairman; C. E. Jones, W. F. 
Dotusihton, Dale Atwood and Oscar Shumate. 

Nominating Committee report: Van Miller, Moderator; W. 
K. Sprinkle, Clerk. 

Report of Resolution Committee by W. K. Sprinkle and 
Ermmett Reeves. 

New constitution written and approved'. 

The association met in proper order and after an open dis- 
cussion an amended constitution was approved by a two-thirdis 
majority of the delegates from member churches. All churches 
were represented except Chestnut Grove. 

Benediction. 

Sunday Morning Session — Sept. 11,1949 — 10:00 A. M. 

Opened with singing "Come Thou Fount" >y congregation. 

Devotional conducted by Rev. F. G. Walker. 

Visitors recognized — Alex Bahnson> Winston - Salem; 



AL-LiEGHiANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



."Rand-ill Shelton, Winston - Salem; Dr. and Mrs. Ze.no Wall, 
Tnomasville; Dr. Hoy-t Biaekwell, Mars. Hill College. 

Sunday school report by Van Miller. Report was adopted. 

Roll call of churches. 

Song — "Blessed- Assurance" by congregation. 

In a special called business session executive committeemen 
w-£re elected. 

A very interesitimg, impromptu testimony was given by Bro. 
Alex Bahnson, of Winsiton - Salem Calvary Baptist church. 

Orphanage report given by Mrs. T. S. Moxley. Report was 
adopted. 

Address on orphanage by Dr. Zeino Wall, of Mills home. 

Hymn — "Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus" sung by con- 
gregation. 

The association approved the cooperation of this associa- 
tion with the Southwide Baptist Evangelistic meetings in 1950. 

Special musdc by Sparta choir. 

Closing sermon by Dr. Hoyt Biaekwell, Mars Hill college. 

His topic was "The Standard' For Christian Living.."" 

Benediction, 



In Memoriam 



B:ll<v:ew — Mr. W. A. Atwood. 

"Laurel Springs — Mrs. Susie Shepherd. 

Liberty — Mrs. Ray C. Hous'ier. 

"Mt. Carmel — Mr. David Grouse,, Mrs. Nancy Chambers Grouse, 

Mrs. Mary Todd. 
New Hope — Mr. A. C. Dancy. 

DELEGATES 

Bellview — C E. Jones,, Alex Brown, Roy Church. 

Laurel Springs — Van Miller, T. L. Robinette,,T. S. Moxley. 

Liberiiy — A. O. Joines, J, T. Fender, F. W. Cheek. 

"M:. Carmel — Paul Woodruflf,, F. W. Royal, Everett Shaw. 

New River — Oscar Shumate;, Preston Maines,, J. P. Maines. 

New Hope — Wiley McMillan, Mrs. Carrie Mitchell, Miss Don- 
na Jones, 

Osborne Memorial — Ray Parlier, Bayse Parsons, Clinton 
Young. 

Pine Fork — Gordon Wyatt, Posey Pruitt, Calvin Wyatt. 

Scottville — Dale Aiwtood,, James Church, Oscar Perry. 

Sparta — Mrs. Clennel Richardson, Mrs. Ross Richardson, Bill 
Sprinkle. 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Your committee wishes to repont that the churches of the 
Association in general have had a year of progress. Good re- 
vivals have been held in a number of the churches with sev- 
eral additions. Not many Vacation Bible schools have been or 
Is there, more than one or two training unions maintained. 

The Association badly meeds a trained worker to "help in 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



the work of training the young people and other work. 
{Respectfully submitted: 

W. F. Doughton, Chairman 
J. T. Fender, 
F. W. Royal. 

TEMPERANCE REPORT 

Intemperance is an evil as old as human society. Its vic- 
tims are among kings, and princes: as well as among paupers. 
Intemperance is the parent oif crime. It blights personality and 
cares nothing at all for personal values. 

In 1947,, nearly three billion gallons, of alcoholic berverage 
were sold, or am average of 2i0 gallons per capita, at the cost 
of over nine and one-half billion dollars. Alcoholic beverages, 
whether sold und:r legal license or otherwise, have always 
had a harmful effect on the morals and well-being of society. 
The Honorable Clyde R. Hoey, our North Carolina Senator, 
says, "There can be no enduring prosperity for any country 
built upon profits, derived from' the sale of liquor. The per- 
mam.'nJt impoverishment is inevitably greater than any tempor- 
ary benefit realized from, liquor stares." 

The enforcement of the laws of temperance is a tremen- 
dous task before the American people. No government, by oper- 
ation of laws, can enforce higher standards of conduct than are 
approved by the majority of the people. 

Christianity is the logical force to lead the way. The church 
is the: only organized source of spiritual leadership which a' 
bruised and bleeding world so greatly needs. The challenge 
and the opportunity is ours. Let every member keep steadily 
in view the prime purpose of the church — to provide confi- 
dence in the Great Physician and go forward to bind the wounds 
of broken humanity. 

Therefore we recommend: First, that as a Christian organi- 
zation we use our influence in supporting; present and future 
legislation to curtail and destroy the waster of property, blight- 
er of homes and destroyer of souls. 

Second, that we teach our children to know the evils and 
horrors of this curse of drink and that we discourage the mak- 
ing, using or selling of wine, beer and other intoxicating drinks. 
R esp ; ic tf ully siubm i feted, 
Mrs. A. O. Joines. 

REPORT ON EVANGELISM 

Evangelism is a primary function of a New Testament 
church. Both personal and mass evangelism are essential to 
the greatest of success in a soul - winning program, in any 
church. Our Southern Baptist leaders are trying to promote 
both. Alleghany Baptists have taken the first steps. Let's press 
onward until we reach the goal. 

While it is regrettable that Dr. J. C Oanipe, head of Evan- 
gelism for North Carolina Baptists, could not come to us this 
year; it is encouraging that he has promised to come and direct 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 9 

our caimpaign in. I960. Therefore, let us continue our efforts to 
win the. lost to Christ in our separate communities and hi ready 
to give full 1 cooperation when Dr. Oanipe arrives in 1950. 

Respectfully submitted: 

F. G. Walker. 

REPORT ON BAPTIST PUBLICATIONS 

The safe and sane thoughts of our Baptists., are> expressed 
by the leaders through the Baptist publications of our denomi- 
i national papers.' 

Here are a few of the outstanding sources of the informa- 
tion that maki.s men, leaders im our work. Of course!, first of 
all is the Bible. Following is the Biblical Recorder and the 
Charity and Children. These two State Journals will keep you 
informed as to. the worlk of the Baptists in the State 1 . Far the 
broader view of the worik is Royal Service. Foreign Fields, and 
on. of the finest publications of all is Home - Life, published 
by the Sunday school boardi at Nashville, Teran. This is. espec- 
ially helpful to. parents, as well as children, and should find a 
pja.ee in the home of all Christian thinlking people. 
Respectfully submitted: 
Mrs. J. T. Fender. 

WOMAN'S MISSIONARY REPORT 

When we review the records, of the Alleghany Woman's 
Missionary Union for the- past year, we would express our 
heart's gratitude to- God for any achievements and plead His; 
forgiveness for any failure on our part to have accomplished 
wnat He gave us opportunity to do in His name. 

Our gifts from the W. M. S. organizations in the three 
churches which have W. M.. U. work — Laurel Springs, Lib- 
erty and Sparta — amounted to $263.65. $108.48 was given 
through the Cooperative Program and $1176. 22; through our spe- 
cial offerings to the Baptist Hospital, Orphanage, "Foreign), 
Home and State Missions. There was a marked increase in our 
gifts to missions which we felt was the- result of more interest 
and attendance inl Mission Study classes and information con- 
cerning the need of our Mission fields.. 

We w.re very fortunate to have Mrs. John Wascaster to 
teach two Association - wide mission study classes duiring the 
year. She and Miss Laura Frances) Snlow are our two full time 
state field representatives, and may be secured to help organize,, 
teach or assist in the W. M. U. work in any of the Associations 
of the State. Our W. M. S. membership has shown an increase. 
of about 10' per cent with a total now of 70. There is one very 
active G. A. with a membership of 2i0. One R. A. was organized 
with 9 boys. The annual meeting in June, was held at the Spar- 
ta church with about 36 in attendance. It was a time of great 
inspiration and fellowship. Miss Florence Lido, one of our mis- 
sionaries to China brought us a woude-rlful message on the words 
in China and Mrs.. Johns Wascaster presented an address on 
"The Urgency of Making Christ Known." 

"The harvest truly is plenteous," is outr own Association 



10 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

and throughout the world. May we be busy about our Father's 

business. 

Respectfully submitted), 

Mirs. R. E. Richardson Associational Superintendent. 

REPORT ON TRAINING UNION WORK 

* Kingdom building is the job of the church. If this building 
is to be done effectively a program of training must be carried 
out in every church. Preaching the gospel is. the first respon- 
sibility of the church, and should be supported by all of its 
membership. The Sunday school has the job of teaching the 
gospel, and every member should support the Sunday school. 
The missionary society leads into greater effort in carrying the 
gospel to the people who have never heard. The training union 
is responsible for developing the' leadership for the entire 
program. 

Only one church in) the Alleghany Association has an active 
training union program. The Sparta Baptist church has trancing 
worik organized for the adults, intermediates and juniors. The 
total enrollment of 33 is far too small. 

Th:re is a meed for an associational director for Training 
Union work. Churches need the assistance of someone in or- 
ganizational work. Churches desiring help with organizational 
worlk could call on the Director for help in getting started. 

Evry church meeds to train, its membership. This part of 
the church program is being neglected. Shall we continue to 
neglect such an important part of the kingdom work? 

Respectfully submitted: 
H. E. Singletary. 

MISSIONS 

We all have missions in our communities. Missions means 
a commission — a duty — and an errand. If we would find our 
place, Christians have a great privilege of sending the gospel 
to those who have never heard ilt. Indeed, it is a bounding 
duty orf all Christians to be missionaries in spirit. Our Saviour 
said, "Go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations," and 
He said again "ye shall be my witnesses unto the uttermost 
parts of the earth." Jesus would first have us witness at home. 
Baptists have a great opportunity in Alleghany county. There 
are places within bounds of our Association we need to reach. 
Let us join in giving Christ to our home-land. • 

No one questions the vital need of a strong State Mission 
program. Our leaders can. only make this program as strong 
as our churches permit them. The heiart-tfelit cry comes from 
other nations this very day "Come over and help us." 

We are glad to report a great increase ib our churches in 
our mission program. 

Respectfully submitted: 
Mrs. E. E. Caudill. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 

ORPHANAGE REPORT 

Since the eStiaiblishmenit of the Baptist Orphanage ora Aug- 
ust 5„ 1886, thousands' of. homeless boys- and girlsi have been 
cared for. Last year 798 children were helped in Mills Home, 
Kennedy Heme and in foster homes. Other needy children 
were h-liped in their own homes with their mothers. Each year 
the number of homeless ones helped by the Baptist Orphanage 
grows within our state. 

A n>£iw cottage costing over $66:,0O0 is to be opened 1 at Ken- 
nedy Home soon. Thdsi will take care of 24 more children. In 
the last year, new freezer p. ants have been, opened at both the 
Minis Home and Kennedy Heme. Last year, because it was. 
necessary to erect some new buildings and improve the old 
ones $5 ! 6,€iO0' more was spent than was received. As it appears 
now the same thing will have to be done this year. We have 
net gone in the "red" but dipped into the reserve funds, which 
had been laid aside for this purpose. 

If trie orphanage is to continue the outstanding service 
to the homeless boys and girls of our state a more adequate 
support must be given. I would like to urge our churches and 
Sunday schools to increase their offering from time to time so 
that this great work can be carried on without sustaining any 
loss at the end of the year. 

It has been asked that each Association elect an interested 
Orphanage Representative, who will urge each church and Sun- 
day school to contribute regularly to the Orphanage; that a 
worthy offering be made at or near Thanksgiving, and that cop- 
ies of Oharity and Children are received weekly by each 
church. If this is done faithfully, the cause of the homeless 
and dependent children will be more intelligently and ade- 
quately supported. 

At the orphanage, the spirit of cooperation among the 
workers is as fine as can be found in any institution. They take 
so seriously their work that they meet daily for Bible reading 
and prayer, prayng for every phase of the work and for every 
one who gives to help carry on. Let us pray for them in this 
great work and may we do our best for the orphans and home- 
less in our institution. 

Respectfully submitted: 

Mrs. Tom Moxley. 



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— — 1 

MINUTES 



ANNUAL 



— OF THE — 

Alleghany Missionary Baptist 
Association 

54TH ANNUAL SESSION 

— Held With — 

NEW RIVER BAPTIST CHURCH 

ROUTE 2, SPARTA, N. C. 

September 9-10, 1950 



Next Session Will Be Held With 
NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 

September 8-9, 1951 

• 
Introductory Sermon By 

Rev. Fred Blevins, Whitehead, N. C. 

Alternate A. K. Taylor, 

Independence, Va. 



A 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1 

ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION GENERAL OFFICERS 

Van F. Miller, Moderator Laurel Springs, N. C 

H. E. Singletary, Vice Moderator Sparta N. C. 

J. B. Reed, Clerk-Treasurer Sparta, N. C. 

A. O. Joines, Auditor Sparta, N. C. 

John Cheek, Historian Sparta, N. C. 

F. W. Royal, Choister Cherry Lane, N. C. 

-Mrs. Walter Johnson, Pianist Sparta, N. C. 

Walter Johnson, Ass'n S. S. Supt. Sparta, N. C. 

Mrs. R. E. Richardson, Ass'n W. M. U. Pres. Whitehead, N. C. 
Miss Donna Jones, Training Union Director .... Sparta, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Van F. Miller, Chairman, Ex - Officio Laurel Springs N. C. 

J. B. Reed, Clerk Sparta, N. C. 

Amos Wagoner Sparta Church 

W. F. Doughton Laurel Springs Church 

F. W. Royall Mt. Carmel Church 

J. T. Fender Liberty Church 

C. E. Jones Bellview Church 

Posey Pruitt Pine Fork Church 

COMMITTEES ON REPORTS FOR 1951 

1 Representative of Baptist Publication,, F. W. Royal. 

2 Hospital, Mrs. Dale Woodie 

3 Orphanage, Mrs. T. S. Moxley. 

4 Temperance, Fred BlevinS. 

5 Missions, Mrs. Jettie Matthews. 

6 Education, E. C. Minnich. 

7 Evangelism, Mrs. F. G. Walker. 

8 Woman's Missionary Union, Mrs. R. E. Richardson. 
"9 Training Union, H. E. Singletary. 

10 Sunday Schools, Walter P. Johnson. 

11 Committe on History of Alleghany Association — John M. 
Cheek, Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. W. B. Estep, W. F. Doughton, 
Hon. R. L. Doughton. 

12 Daily Vacation Bible School, Lee Woodruff. 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. F. G. Walker Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. William Hamm Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Rev. Lee Woodruff Sparta N. C. 

Rev. Fred Blevins Whitehead, N. C. 

Rev. C. J. Younce Scottsville, N. C. 

NON - RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. John Edwards, Independence, Va. 

Rev. J. D. Whisnant, Taylorsville, N. C. 

Rev. A. K. Taylor, .'.',' Independence, Va. 

Rev. Beauford Hash, Marion, Va. 

Rev. Chariie Jackson, Mt. Airy, N. C. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION' 



CONSTITUTION 

PREAMBLE: We, the messengers of Baptist churches in 
the County of Alleghany, State of North Carolina, and territory 
adjacent thereto, do hereby propose to establish and maintain- 
the order of a district Association in conformity to the follow- 
ing plan: 

Article 1. The name of this organization shall be Alleghanj 
Baptist Association. 

MEMBERSHIP 

Article 2. The members of this Association shall consist 
of all pastors serving constituent churches together with all 
churches and such messengers as may be selected by the 
churches comprising it and duly certified to in the annual let- 
ters sent by the churches to the appointed meetings, the basis 
of representation being three messengers for each church hav- 
ing a membership not exceeding fifty and one additional mes- 
senger for each increase of fifty, or fraction thereto: Provided 
that no church have more than five messengers from its laj 
membership. 

OBJECTS 

Article 3. The object of this body shall be to devise and re- 
commend measures for increasing the unity and growth, the 
intelligence and spiritual powers of the churches, and for the 
developing and directing thp'r ^n Q rgips, th oi 'r r°sourc p s and 
their gifts, in promotng the Kingdom of God on the earth :n 
compliance with the New Testament principles and in coopera- 
tion with the State Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist 
Convention. 

POWERS AND PREROGATIVES 

Article 4. While disclaiming the right of authority to in- 
terfere in the affairs of any local church, this Association as- 
serts its privilege of using its discretion in receiving churches 
into its fellowship, and in withdrawing fellowship from any 
church found on careful investigation to be walking in disorder 
or failing in practice to endorse and support the missionary 
and benevolent work of the Baptist denomination. 

Article 5. The Association shall meet annually, the time 
and place being determined at the previous session; and each 
annual assembly shall organize itself by properly enrolling its 
membership, and by electing from its membership, at the reg- 
ular appointed time, the following officers: Moderator, Vice- 
Moderator, Clerk - Treasurer, Auditor, Historian, Associational 
Sunday school Superintendent, Associational Training Union 
Director, Associational W. M. U. President, Choir Director and 
Pianist. The newly elected officers shall assume the duties of 
their office at the close of the session at which they are elected. 
The Moderator and Clerk shall arrange an order of business 
and program for each session, subject to change if the Associa- 
tion so desires. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Article 6, At each annual session an Executive Committee 
shall be appointed by the Association, which Committee shall 
consist of the general officers of the body together with the 
pastor of each church, which member shall be nominated by 
the church or by delegates present from the church and ap- 
proved by the Association, This Committee shall meet as -often 
as it may desire for the effectual execution and performance 
cf its duties. At its discretion it may select out of its own mem- 
bership a smaller Committee of not less than five members to 
act in its behalf between sessions of the full Board, 

Article 7. At each annual session there shall be appointed a 
(committee to make report at the subsequent session on the fol- 
lowing subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missions, State Mis- 
sir ns, Christian Education, Baptist Orphanage, Hospital, Per- 
iodicals, Sunday Schools, Training Unions, Woman's Mission* 
aiy Union, Temperance and Public Morals. 

DUTIES OF OFFICERS 

Article 8. It shall be the duty of the Moderator to -open 
the meeting punctually at the appointed time, to enforce \ha 
rules, to decide all questions of order subject to an appeal to 
th° Association, and appoint all committees unless otherwise 
<c rdered. 

Article 9, It shall be the duty of the Vice-Moderator to 
discharge the duties of all Moderator in his absence. 

Article 10. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to keep a faith- 
ful record of the proceedings of the Association, to superintend 
the printing and the distribution of the Same; and to keep on 
file the printed minutes and other important documents be- 
longing to the body. 

Article 11. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive 
and pay over to the proper parties all the money contributed 
direct to the Association by the churches and make an annual 
report to the Association. 

Article 12. It shall be the duty of the Auditor to examine 
annually the Treasurer's books and attest the report. 

Article 13. It shall be the duty of the Historian to collect 
and put in some durable form all facts and interest about each 
of the churches of the Association and make a report at each 
session of this body. 

Article 14. It shall be the duty of the Association Sunday 
School Superintendent to promote the work of the Sunday 
School in the Association. 

Article 15. It shall be the duty of the Associational Train' 
ing Union Director to promote the work of the Training Union 
in the Association. 

Article 16. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee 
to transact the business of the Association ad interim as speci- 
fied in Article Three. It shall contract no debts In the name of 
the Association without its specific authority. It shall make an- 
nual reports to the Association of the general state of missions 
and the work done. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Article 17. This constitution may be amended by a vote 
of two thirds of the members present at any annual session. 

ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES 

(Reprint from "The Minutes of a Convention organizing the 
Ashe and Alleghany Association held at Buffalo Church in 
Ashe County, September 24, 25, 1886)" 

1st. We believe in one omy true and living God; and that 
there are three persons in the God-head — the Father, the Son 
and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. 

2nd. We believe that the Bible — the Old and New Testament 
—is the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice. 

3rd. We believe in the impotency of man, and the sover- 
eignty of God. 

4th. We believe that salvation is by Grace, through faith in 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

5th. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances instituted by Jesus Christ, to be practiced only by 
believers in their scriptural order. 

6th. We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a believ- 
er in water by a qualified administrator. And that only those 
who are thus baptized and are in fellowship with the Church 
in feeling and in doctrine, should take the Lord's Supper. 

7th. We believe in the final perseverance of the Saints in 
Grace to Glory. 

8th. We believe in the ressurection of the dead and a Gen- 
eral Judgment. 

9th. We believe that the ex'stence of the righteous and of 
the wicked will both be of eternal duration and that the hap- 
piness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will 
both be eternal. 

T. M. Duncan 

I. W. Thomas 

C. J. Woodson 

J. E. Fletcher 

E. L. Tucker, Committee. 

RULES OF ORDER 

1. This Association shall be opened and closed with pray- 
er. 

2. A majority of members present shall be a quorum for 
the transaction of business, except in matters relating to the 
constitution. 

3. Brethren invited to seats with us shall have the privilege 
of discussion but not of voting. 

4. No question shall be discussed without a motion and sec- 
ond. All motions made and seconded shall be definitely stated 
by the Moderator, or at his request, be read by the Clerk before 
vote is called for. If a motion contains two or more points it 
shall be divided by request of one member and the vote taken 
separately. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing before 
being put to a vote. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 5 

5. Members wishing to speak shall rise and address the 
Moderator and be recognized by him. He shall confine him- 
self to the question under consideration, and avoid all person- 
alities. He shall not speak more than twice on the same sub- 
ject and not over fifteen minutes without permission from the 
body. 

6. When a question is under dicussion no other motion or 
proposition shall be received except to adjourn, to lay on the 
table, to amend, to commit, to postpone to a definite time, 
which several motions shall have preference in the order in 
which they come. 

7. The Association shall have the right to decide what sub- 
jects shall be admitted for consideration. 

8. Any church failing to be represented in this body either 
by messengers or by letter for two sessions will be subject to 
the disipline of the body. A committee will be appointed to 
visit the church and aid them in any way possible and in case 
the church shall not report for the third year it shall be ex- 
cluded from the fellowship of the Association. 

9. No member shall absent himself permanently from the 
session of the Association without the permission of the Mod- 
erator. 

10. All questions of order not herein provided for in these 
Pules of Order shall be decided by Rules or some recognized, 
"Parliamentary Practice," preferably "Robert's" or Kerfoots. 



Proceedings 



Saturday Morning Session, September 9, 1950, 10:00 A. M. 

Saturday morning, September 9, 1950, 10:00 A. M., the 
fifty-fourth annual meeting of the Alleghany Missionary Bap- 
tist churches assembled with the New River Baptist church, 
"^oute 2, Sparta, North Carolina to enjoy a fine fellowship with 
the associational churches and to carry out the business pro- 
ceedings. 

The session was opened with song and devotional. 

The Moderator, Van F. Miller, called the association to 
order. H. E. Singletary was elected temporary Clerk. 

Visitors were recognized as follows: J. C. Canipe, E. L. 
Spivey, B. R. Holbrook, C. W. Basemore, Mrs. Earl James, W. 
C. Reed, Mr. Young, and Mr. Kendall. 

Poll call of churches was conducted by Moderator. 

A new church, Welcome Home, was admitted to the asso- 
ciation. 

Report of Exective Committee was made by Mr. Frank 
Doughton, Chairman. 

Report on Publication by Miss Donna Jones was adopted. 

Report, on W. M. U. work was given by Mrs. Ross Richard- 
son, and Mrs. Earl James, Elkin, North Carolina, discussed the 
opportunities of the country church. 

Mrs. A. C. Joines made a report on Evangelism. Following 
this Mr. J. C. Canipe spoke on the work of Evangelism and 
the simultaneous revival to be held East of the Mississippi 
River, beginning in March. 



6 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Rev. F. G. Walker made a report on Temperance which 
was adopted. 

The following committees were appointed: Committee on 
election of officers; Amos Wagoner, Mrs. A. C. Joines, and 
F. W. Royal: Committee on time and place for next meeting 
George Shepherd, Clennel Richardson, Glenn Vestal, Willie 
Hamm, Howard Brown, and Walter Johnson. 

Report on Missions by E. L. Spivey was adopted. 

The morning session ended with a sermon given by Rev. 
F. G. Walker, Sparta Church. 

AFTERNOON SESSION, SEPTEMBER 9, 1950, 1:30 P. M. 

The session was opened with song and devotional. 

Report on Hospital by Mrs. J. K. Doughton was adopted. 

Report on Christian Education by Miss Irene Richardson 
was adopted. 

Mr. W. C. Reed spoke briefly on the work of our Orphan- 
ages. 

Report on Daily Vacation Bible School by Rev. Lee Wood- 
ruff was adopted. 

The report by time and place committee was adopted. 
New Hope Baptist Church was selected as the place, and 
September 8-9, 1951, the time. 

Motion adopted to include as a permanent part of the 
association the Saturday night session devoted to Young 
Peoples Work. 

Motion adopted to turn over work of the Whitehead Par- 
sonage Committee to the Executive C mm':'™. 

Sunday Morning- Session, September lli, 1950, 10. (j0 A. M. 

The Sunday Morning was opened with song and de- 
votional. 

Minutes of the two previous sessions were read. 

Report by the Associational Sunday School Superintendent, 
Walter Johnson was made and adopted. 

Report on Orphanage work made by Miss Irene Richardson 
was adopted. 

In the absence of Dr. I. G. Grier, the committee secured 
Rev. J. D. Whisnant to preach the closing sermon. 



In Memoriam 



Sparta — Mrs. Claude Miles, Mrs. H. G. Greene. 
Chestnut Grove — Mrs. Nannie Edwards. 
Pine Fork — Mr. J. F. Roberts. 

DELEGATES 

Bellview — C. E. Jones, G. W. Shepherd, George Blevins. 
Chestnut Grove — Mrs. Bertha Edwards, Howard Brooks, 

Wayne Edwards, Lewis Fender. 
Laurel Springs — W. F. Doughton, E. W. Shepherd, T. S. 

Moxley, Mrs. M. E. Reeves. 
Liberty — Mrs. Bess Estep, Mrs. A. O. Joines, Mrs. E. E. 

Caudill. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1 

M't. Carmel — F. W. Royal, Garnett Smith, Leff Royal, Stew- 

• art Lyon. 
New Hope — Glenn Vestal, Donna Jones, Frank Roupe. 
New River — Flora Andrews, Mollie Pollard, Molly Tilley. 
Osborne Memorial — E. G. Minnich, Earl Delp, Brady Farmer 

and Howard Brown. 
Pine Fork — Robert Hoppers, U. S. Myers, Posey Pruitt 
Scottville — Dale Atwood, James H. Church, 'W. F. Shopherd. 
Sparta — Mrs. C. A. Reeves, H. E. Singletary, Amos Wagoner,, 

Ben Reeves, Mrs. Clennel Richardson. 
Welcome Home — Ernest Wilson, Jaqk Wilson, Gibson Wilson. 

TEMPERANCE REPORT 

It was William E. Gladstone, a great English statesman, who 
said, "The drink traffic has caused more poverty, more misery 
more deaths than all the wars of all times." 

Alcohol threatens the freedom of any individual who par- 
takes of it. Its general tendency is to enslave by demanding 
more and more. It is estimated that there are 65,000,000 drink- 
ers of beverage alcohol in the TJ. S. Four million of these are 
chronic, excessive drinkers and 750,000 definitely classed as 
sf ?-VH'CS. "^he alcoholic certainly has lost his freedom. He has 
Dscome enslaved to drink and powerless in his own strength 
to break its grip upon himself. 

The American people are spending annually from 8 to 9 
"billion dollars lor alcoholic beverages. 

The 1935 Legislature granted the legal sale of beer and 
wine in each county in N. C. without a vote of the people. This 
condition remained until 1947 when the general Assembly re- 
luctantly passed a law permitting counties to vote on the 
tmestion. Immediately after the adjournment many counties 
circulated petitions to secure a vote. Since March 1048 forty- 
two counties have outlawed beer and wine and s^me twelve 
other counties have petitions filed with boards of elections and 
will vote on the question as Soon as such elections can be held 
under the existing law. • •=.: ---.rn- 

Since 1937 the A. B. C. forces have made an intensive 
effort to increase the wet territory in N. C. Twenty-eight 
county wide elections .have been held, wjth ; twenty-five voting 
against and twenty - three for A. B. C. stores. 

.The high consumption of beverage alcohol- is expensive to 
the tax payers. In 1933, the year that -beer and Whisky oame 
back, the tax payer took care of 270,000 dependent" children. 
ln : J949 the tax payers paid a, tax to support 1.600,000 deoendent 
children in the nation. In 1949 N. C, General Assembly set aside 
$300,000 to be used in the care of alcoholics and mental patients 
addicted to alcohol. We deplore the fact that the liquor traffic 
is producing alcoholics at such a rapid rate, but the church 
cannot lose sight of its responsibility in their rehabilitation 
and redemption. * • ■« " ' 

Under conditions like these what can the church '* do? 
First, we propose to continue with increasing vigor our pro- 



8 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



gram of education and legislation. Second, we propose to 
fight the liquor traffic in a^y form in which it should present 
itself in our area. 

Third, the magazine "Tomorrow" could be put in our homes 
as a useful agency in promoting interest of the Allied Church 
League which has been most influential in establishing dry 
counties in our state. Finally, we call upon our membership 
to stand upon Baptist historic positions that the manufacture, the 
sale, and the use of alcoholic beverages is morally wrong and 
to emphasize our church's position by precept and example. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. T. G. Walker 

REPORT ON EVANGELISM 

With the increase in population comes the increased op- 
portunity for extension of evangelism in winning people to 
Christ. 

Evangelistic work of the revival type has been practiced 
in our churches and has been an asset in kingdom building. 

Since Southern Baptist and North Carolina have adapted 
a special program on evangelsm, baptisms in the cnurches 
have increased. Dr. J. C. Canipe, our state secretary of 
evangelism, states that, "Last year ini North Carolina more 
than 33,000 souls were baptized, and in the Southern Baptist 
Convention more than 300,000." 

One of the main objects of the department of evangelism 
is to promote simultaneous revivals in the associations and 
churches. 

As you know, in the Southern Baptist convention simul- 
taneous revivals were held West of the Mississippi River this 
year. It is planned to hold them East of the Mississippi River 
from March 25th to April 8th. 

Unless christian people are militant and compassionate 
our benighted world will continue to wallow in its own blood 
and spiritual agony. 

"He that winneth souls is wise." 
Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. A. O. Joines. 

W. M. U. REPORT - 1950 

As we review the work of ttie Woman's Missionary Union 
in the Alleghany association, we are very thankful for the in- 
creases made in membership, tithers, Mission study and gifts 
through special offerings. Although we failed by a small 
margin to reach our goal in cooperative program, gifts to 
State, Home and Foreign Missions, World Relief, etc. were 
$273.61 and through the cooperative program $97.71, making 
a total of $311.32. 

We were happy to add Scottville to our list of churches 
with one or more W. M. U. organizations. Yet, we are still 
challenged by the remaining seven churches that have no 
missionary organization. May we be moved to more intensive 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 9 

study of God's plan of work for kingdom advancement and 
actively carry on that work in community missions. 

The annual meeting was held at Liberty church and we 
were indeed challenged by the messages of our guest speak- 
ers, Miss Laura Frances Snow, Miss Lydia Greene and Mrs. 
Earl James. However, far too few were present to hear them 
and the good reports made by the associational chairmen. It 
was a privilege to have Rev. F. G. Walker, one of our pastors 
in the association, present and take part in the program. 

Since so few were present at the annual meeting I am us- 
ing part of Mrs. Walker's report on mission study for things 
we all need to hear and give prayerful consideration to its 
message as we seek to do God's will and witness for him. 

"The Bible teaching is the highest authority on the work 
of missions. First of all, Jesus, himself, who was our supreme 
authority said, "Go ye, into all the world and preach the 
gospel to every creature." Paul, the greatest of all missionaries, 
gave us the supreme example of doing mission work by teach- 
ing, preaching, organizing, indoctrinating and establishing 
churches that were to become missionary churches in doctrine 
and practice. They themselves took up the work of missions 
and each successive generation has responded in a measure 
to th° great missionary movement. Our present day churches 
ara the results of the mission movement established by Christ 
and the missionaries of all ages. 

If the world is ever saved it will be by and through the 
missionary efforts of God's chosen people. His supreme pur- 
pose in coming to the world was to save that which was lost, 
but this saving power is limited by the unresponsiveness of his 
saved people. The one great cause for the neglect of obedience 
to his commands in respect to missions, is the little informal \n 
that saved people now have about His will concerning their 
giving the Gospel to the unsaved. 

Therefore, the importance of a greater knowledge of what 
the Bible really says about missions. Too many people say, 
"I don't believe in Missions." When, as a matter of fact, they 
have no information about what the Bible says about mission 
work or they have permitted their selfish inclinations to 
govern them or allowed themselves to be influenced by their 
predecessors, who did not beleive in mission work. 

The study of missions, as revealed in the Bible will be- 
come such an inspiration and. force that any consecrated 
Christian will be compelled through the leadership of the 
Holy Spirit to do mission work. 

The study of the needs of the mission fields and objects 
of mission at home and abroad will command action from 
God's red°emed children. It is hardly conceivable that -any: 
Saved child of the Lord, after having experienced God's grace 
in his own heart, would not want to help any other person 
at home or abroad to find the same grace, -and salvation that 
they themselves have experienced. Therefore, the much need- 
ed thing is more study of the needs of the people of the world 
and more information about their little knowledge of God 



10 ALLEGHANY PAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

and the correct ways of worshipping and serving God. For 
example, in our own association the records show that we 
have had more study courses and consequently the contribu- 
tions to missions have increased." 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. R. E. Richardson. 

REPORT ON TRAINING UNION WORK 

Sparta Baptist church is the only church in the Allegnany 
association having a training program for its membership. 
Enrollment in all Departments is 40 with an average atten- 
dance of about 25. 

Other churches in fact, all of the churches of the associa- 
tion should carry on a training program for all ages in the 
church and especially for those who are members. 

On Saturday night September 9th the Association held a 
special young peoples meeting with the Sparta church. The 
program was under the direction of the young people of the 
church. Miss Irene Richardson gave the Devotionals. Mr. 
Harvey T. Gibson, State Training Union Director from Ra- 
leigh gave an address on, "Training in our Churches." 
Respectively submitted, 
H. E. Singletary, Associational Director. 

ORPHANAGE REPORT 

Our J 949 report on the Baptist Orphange shows that they 
had to use $56,000 reserve f^nd to meet pxpens Q s. But this 
year our people gave more liberally and they had a surplus 
of $32,000. This report shows that people will respond to help 
a good cause when they understand the need is great. 

On March 21st. this year, the Co-Executor of the Robert 
M. Idol Estate turned over to the Orphanage $586,000 to be 
used in building a church at Mills Home, in memory of his 
mother, an Infirmary there, in memory of his sister and a 
vocational building which the trustees feel should be in 
memory of Mr. Idol himself. This is the largest single re- 
quest the orphanage has ever received. An architect has been 
employed and plans and specifications are being prepared for 
these new buildings which should be started this Fall. 

Last year the Orphanage cared for 781 children. They did 
well in school — 14 graduated from Mills Home and 5 from 
Kennedy Home. The pastor, Rev. John Walton baptized 70 at 
Mills Home. The General Superintendent, Dr. Zeno Wall, 
reached the retirement age of 68 on August 20th. Superinten- 
dent, W. C. Reed was chosen to take his place. 

In our own association, five churches gave $132.46 to the 
Orphanage. One church takes 10 copies of Charity and Child- 
ren. It is requested that more churches takes this valuable 
paper. Not only does it keep us up to date on the affairs of 
the Orphanage, but it is of great Spiritual help too. Our Bap- 
tist Orphanage is doing a great work. Let us all support it 
with our money and our prayers. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. Harry Young. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL 

Only two churches in the Alleghany County Associa- 
tion held Vacation Bible School: 
Sparta — 66 enrolled, 59 attended. 
Laurel Spring — 30 enrolled, 24 attended. 
Rev. Lee M. Woodruff. 

REPORT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

Van Miller — Moderator. 

H. E. Singletary — Vice Moderator. 

Joe Bill Reed — Clerk and Treasurer. 

A. O. Joines — Auditor. 

John M. Cheek — Historian. 

F. W. Royal — Choister. 

Mrs. Walter Johnson — Pianist. 

Walter Johnson — Assoc. S. S. Supt. 

Mrs. R. E. Richardson — W. M. U. President. 

Miss Donna Jones — Training Union Director. 

Respectfully submitted. 

F. W. Royal 

HOSPITAL REPORT 

The North Carolina Baptist Hospital does four things; 
first, it ministers to the needs of the sick; second, it provides 
hospital facilities for the training of the medical students of 
the Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest Col- 
leg:; third, it provides a course in training ministerial stu- 
dents in meeting the spiritual needs of the sick; fourth, it 
trains young women for the nursing profession. 

In order to meet the needs of suffering humanity and to 
maintain the present high rating of the hospital and medical 
school, it is necessary to add a wing of 150 bed capacity. Fri- 
ends in Winston-Salem have offered $608,000 in order to help 
build this wing and we must keep faith with them and show 
our appreciation of the outstanding work being done by the 
hospital and medical school by throwing our support to this 
important task. 

Each church with fewer than 200 members is asked to 
pay $1. per member by the last Sunday in September of this 
year. If each church will do its part the total amount can be 
raised. Sucess depends upon each church having a full share 
in the effort. We hope the Alleghany Association will be one 
of the first to reach its goal. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. J. K. Doughton. 

REPORT ON EDUCATION 

You people will be interested in knowing that we Baptists 
in North Carolina have supported colleges since 1834, when 
Wake Forest College was first opened, and that we now have 
seven fine colleges with a total of 5,000 students, most of whom 
are Baptists from our North Carolina homes and churches. By 



12 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



actual count more than 4,000 of these students are members 
of Baptist churches and must become our leaders as they leave 
college and return to some community to take up whatever 
work they may Select or can secure. The kind of Baptist col- 
leges we will have twenty-five years from now is dependent 
upon what we do now for these 4,000 students. The kind of 
college they now attend is the result of what we, their par- 
ents and friends, have made for them. It does not seem ex- 
travagant or unreasonable to say that Baptists in North Car- 
olina have their greatest single opportunity in this army of 
4,000 students for determining what our future will be. It is 
our opportunity and responsibility to see that everything pos- 
sible is done to make these colleges what they should be as 
the training centers for our Baptist leaders. 

(Of each dollar sent to the undesignated Cooperative 
Program funds in Raleigh, the colleges got 20 cents last year. 
If you take the total amount for all denominational purposes 
and sent to Raleigh office, including both designated and 
undesignated funds, the colleges received less than 10 cents 
of each dollar. The average per student given by the Baptise 
churches in the state was $52.00 in 1949.) 



Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. Ruth J. Choate, 
By Irene Richardson. 



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ANNUAL 

MINUTES 

OF THE 

Alleghany Missionary Baptist 
Association 

55TH ANNUAL SESSION 

— Held With — 

NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 

September 8-9, 1951 

0O0 



Next Session Will Be Held With 
CHESTNUT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 

September 13-14, 1952 

t>Oo 

Introductory Sermon By 

Rev. E. V. Bumgarner 

Alternate, 

A. K. Taylor 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1 

ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION GENERAL OFFICERS 

Van F. Miller, Moderator . . Laurel Springs, N. C. 

H. E. Singletary, Vice Moderator Sparta, N. C. 

George W. Shepherd, Clerk-Treasurer Laurel Springs, N. C. 

A. O. Joines, Auditor Sparta, N. C. 

John Cheek, Historian . . . Sparta, N. C. 

F. W. Royal, Choister Cherry Lane, N. C. 

Mrs. Walter Johnson, Pianist Sparta, N. C. 

Walter Johnson, Ass'n S. S. Supt. Sparta, N. C. 

Mrs. R. E. Richardson, Ass'n W. M. U. Pres. Whitehead, N. C. 
Miss Donna Jones, Training Union Director Sparta, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Van F. Miller, Chairman, Ex - Officio Laurel Springs, N. C. 

George W. Shepherd, Clerk Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Amos Wagoner Sparta Church 

W. F. Doughton Laurel Springs Church 

F. W. Royall Mt. Carmel Church 

A. O. Joines Liberty Church 

C. E. Jones Bellview Church 

Posey Pruitt Pine Fork Church 

Glenn Vestal New Hope Church 

COMMITTEES ON REPORTS FOR 1952 

1. Representative of Baptist Publication, Mis. A. O. Joines. 

2. Hospital, Mrs. E. W. Shepherd. 

3. Orphanage, Mrs. Carrie Maines. 

4. Temperance, Rev. B. L. Hash. 

5. Missions, Mrs. Ben Reeves. 

6. Education, Mrs. H. E. Singletary. 

7. Evangelism, Rev. J. D. Whisnant. 

8. Woman's Missionary Union, Mrs. R. E. Richardson. 

9. Training Union, H. E. Singletary. 

10. Sunday Schools, Walter P. Johnson. 

11. Committee on History of Alleghany Association — John M. 
Cheek, Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. W. B. Estep, W. F. Doughton, 
Hon. R. L. Doughton. 

12. Daily Vacation Bible School, F. W. Royal. 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. Garnett Spith Glade Valley, N. C. 

Rev. Everett Shaw Glade Valley, N. C. 

Rev. F. G. Walker Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. William Hamm Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Rev. Lee Woodruff Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. Fred Blevins Whitehead. N. C. 

Rev. Linville Blevins ..... Piney Creek, N. C. 

NON - RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. John Edwards, Independence, Va. 

Rev. J. D. Whisnant, Taylorsville, N. C. 

Rev. A. K. Taylor, Independence, Va. 

Rev. Beauford Hash, Marion. Va. 

Rev. Charlie Jackson, Mt. Airy. N. C. 

Rev. Roe Pasley .". Grassy Creek. N. C. 

Rev. C. H. McKnight Independence, Va. 



2 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Rev. Jchn Adams Independence, Va. 

Re\/. Homer Mayhan Independence, Va. 

Rev. Clyde Edwards Lewisville, N. C. 

CONSTITUTION 

PREAMBLE: We, the messengers of Baptist churches in. 
the County of Alleghany, State of North Carolina, and territory 
adjacent thereto, do hereby propose to establish and maintain 
the order of a district Association in comformity to the follow- 
ing plan: 

Article 1. The name of this organization shall be Alleghany 
Baptist Association. 

MEMBERSHIP 

Article 2. The members of this Association shall consist 
cf all pastors serving constituent churches together with all 
churches and such messengers as may be selected by the 
churches comprising it and duly certified to in the annual let- 
ters sent by the churches to the appointed meetings, the basis 
of representation being three mess°ngers for each church hav- 
ing a membership not exceeding fifty and one additional mes- 
senger for each increase of fifty, or fraction thereto: Provided 
that no church have more than five messengers from its lay 
membership. 

OBJECTS 

Article 3. The object of this body shall be to devise and re- 
commend measures for increasing the unity and growth, the 
intelligence and spiritual powers of the churches, and for the 
developing and directing their energies, their resources and 
their gifts, in promoting the Kingdom of God on the earth in 
compliance with the New Testament principles and in coopera- 
tion with the State Baptist Convention and the Southern Bap- 
tist Convention. 

POWERS AND PREROGATIVES 

Article 4. While disclaiming the right of authority to in- 
terfere in the affairs of any local church, this Association as- 
serts its privilege of using its discretion in receiving churches 
into its fellowship, and in withdrawing fellowship from any 
church found on careful investigation to be walking in disorder 
or failing in practice to endorse and support the missionary 
and benevolent work of the Baptist denomination. 

Article 5. The Association shall meet annually, the time 
and place being determined at the previous session; and each 
annual assembly shall organize itself by properly enrolling its 
membership, and by electing from its membership, at the reg- 
ular appointed time, the following officers: Moderator, Vice- 
Moderator. Clerk - Treasurer, Auditor, Historian, Associational 
Sunday school Superintendent, Associational Training Union 
Director, Associational W. M. U. President, Choir Director and 
Pianist. The newly elected officers shall assume the duties of 
their office at the close of the session at which they are elected. 
The Moderator and Clerk shall arrange an order of business 
and program for each session, subject to change if the Associa- 
tion so desires. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



Article 6. At each annual session an Executive Committee 
shall be appointed by the Association, which Committee shali 
consist of tne general officers of the body together with the 
pastor of each church, which member shall be nominated by 
the church or by delegates present from the church and ap- 
proved by the Association. This Ccmmittee shall meet as often 
as it may desire for the effectual execution and performance 
cf its duties. At its discretion it may select out of its cwn mem- 
bership a smaller Committee of not less than f : ve members to 
act in its behalf between sessions of the full Board. 

Article 7. At each annual session there shall be appointed 
a committee to make r°port at the subsequent s^ss ; / n en th° fal- 
lowing subjects: Foreign Missions, Home Missiors, State Mis- 
sions, Christian Education, Baptist Orphanage, Hospita 1 , Per- 
iodicals, Sunday Schools, Training Unions, Woman's Mission- 
ary Union, Temperance and Public Morals. 

DUTIES OF OFFICERS 

Article 8. It shall be the duty of the Moderator to open 
the meeting punctually at the appointed time, to enforce the 
rules, to decide all questions of order subject to an appeal to 
the Association, and appoint all committees unless otherwise 
ordered. 

Article 9. It shall be the duty of the Vice-Moderator to 
discharge the duties of the Moderator in his absence. 

Article 10. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to keep a faith- 
ful record of the proceedings of the Association, to superintend 
the printing and the distribution of the same; and to keep on 
file the printed minutes and other important documents be- 
longing to the body. 

Article 11. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive 
and pay over to the proper parties all the money contribute 
direct to the Association by the churches and mak^ an annual 
report to the Association. 

Article 12. It shall be the duty of the Auditor to examine 
annually the Treasurer's books and attest th Q report. 

Article 13. It shall be the duty of the Historian + o collect 
and put in some durable form all facts and interest about each 
of the churches of the Association and make a report at each 
session of this body. 

Article 14. It shall be the duty of the Association Sunday 
School Superintendent to promote the work of the Sunday 
School in the Association. 

Article 15. It shall be the duty of the Assoc'ational drain- 
ing Union D^reot.or to promote the work of the Training Union 
in the Association. 

Article 16. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee 
to transact the business of the Association ad interim as sn°ci- 
fied in Article Three. It shall contract no debts in fh» npm- 3 of 
the Association without its specific authority. It shall mak Q an- 
nual reports to the Association of the general state of missions 
and the work done. 

Article 17. This constitution may be amended by a vote 
of two thirds of the members present at any annual s°ss : ^n. 



4 ALLEGHANY BAPTfST ASSOCIATION 

ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES 

(Reprint from. "The Minutes of a Convention organizing the 
Ashe and Alleghany Association held at Buffalo Church in 
Asne County, September 24, 25, 1886 >" 

1st. We believe in one only true and living God; and that 
there are three persons in the God-head — the Father,, the Son 
and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. 

2nd. We believe that the Bible — the Old and New Testa- 
ment — is the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and 
practice. 

3rd. We believe in the impotency of man, and the sover- 
eignty of God. 

4th. We believe that salvation is by Grace, through faith in 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

5th. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances instituted by Jesus Christ, to be practiced only by 
believers in their scriptural order. 

6th. We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a believ- 
er in water by a qualified administrator. And that only those 
who are thus baptized and are in fellowship with the Church 
in feeling and in doctrine, should take the Lord's Supper. 

7th. W° believe in the final perseverance of the Saints in 
Grace to Glory. 

8th. We believe in the ressurection of the dead and a Gen- 
eral Judgment. 

9th. We believe that the existence of the righteous and ol 
the wicked will both be of eternal duration and that the hap- 

Einess of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will 
oth be eternal. 

T. M. Duncan, 

I. W. Thomas, 

C. J. Woodson, 

J. E. Fletcher 

E. L. Tucker, Committee. 

RULES OF ORDER 

1. This Association shall be opened and closed with pray- 
er. 

2. A majority of members present shall be a quorum for 
the transaction of business, except in matters relating to the 
constitution. 

3. Brethren invited to seats with us shall have the privilege 
of discussion but not of voting. 

4. No question shall be discussed without a motion and sec- 
ond. AH motions made and seconded shall be definitely stated 
by the Moderator, or at his request, be read by the Clerk before 
vote is called for. If a motion contains two or more points it 
shall be divided by request of one member and the vote taken 
separately. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing before 
being put to a vote. 

5. Members wishing to speak shall rise and address the 
Moderator and be recognized by him. He shall confine him- 
self to the Question under consideration, and avoid all person- 
alities. He shall not speak more than twice on the same sub- 



, ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 5 

ject and not over fifteen minutes without permission from the 
body. 

6. When a question is under discussion no other motion or 
proposition shall be received except to adjourn, to lay on the 
table, to amend, to commit, to postpone to a definite time, 
which several motions shall have preference in the order in 
which they come. 

7. The Association shall have the right to decide what sub- 
jects shall be admitted for consideration. 

8. Any church failing to be represented in this body either 
by messengers or by letter for two sessions will be subject to 
the discipline of the body. A committee will be appointed to 
visit the church and aid them in any way possible and in case 
the church shall not report for the third year it shall be ex- 
cluded from the fellowship of the Association. 

9. No member shall absent himself permanently from the 
session of the Association without the permission of the Mod- 
erator. 

10. All questions of order not herein provided for in these 
Rules of Order shall be decided by Rul^s or some recognized, 
"Parliamentary Practice," preferably "Robert's" or Kerfoots. 



Proceedings 



Saturday Morning Session, September 8, 1951, 10:00 A. M. 

Saturday morning, September 8, 1951, at 10:00 a. m., the 
fifty-fifth annual meeting of the Alleghany Missionary Bap- 
tist churches assembled with the New Hope Baptist church to 
enjoy a fine fellowship with the associational churches and to 
carry out the business proceedings. 

The session was opened with song and devotional. 

The moderator, Van F. Miller, called the association to 
order. 

Visitors were recognized as follows: Everett Bernard, R. 
M. House, S. L. Blevins, A. E. Yale, M. L. Blevins, Mrs. Earl 
James, W. C. Reed, and J. M. Hayes. 

A roll call of churches was conducted by the clerk. 

A report of executive committee was made by Frank 
Doughton, chairman. 

Report on baptist publications by E. W. Royal was a^ontM. 

Report on W. M. TJ. by Mrs. R. E. Richardson was adopted. 

Mrs. Earl James, Elkin, North Carolina discussed the "Im- 
portance of Missions and of W. M. TJ. Work.' 1 

Everett Bernard discussed the healing program of the Mis- 
sionary Baptist church ps of North Carolina and its importance 
to a full program of Christian activities. 

Report on temperance by Rev. F. G. Walk°r was adopted. 

Rev. R. M. House, representing the Allied Church League, 
gave a report on plans for fighting the evil of drink in North 
Carolina. 

The following committees were appointed by the moderator, 
Van F. Miller. 

Committee on officers — F. W. Royal, C. E. Jones, and 
Mrs. A. O. Joines. 



6 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

C mmittce on time, place, and preacher — Walter John- 
son, E. W. Shepherd, and E. C. Minnich. 

Committee on resolutions — Rev. F. G. Walker, Dick Shep- 
herd, and Lewis Fender. 

Report on missions by Mrs. Jettie Mathews was adopted. 

The morning session closed with a sermon delivered by 
Rev. Fred Blevins, Whitehead, North Carolina. 

AFTERNOON SESSION, SEPTEMBER 8, 1951, 1:30 P. M. 

After the opening song, devotional was conducted by Rev. 
W. H. Hamm. 

Report on evangelism by Mrs. F. G. Walker was adopted. 

Report on education by E. C. Minnich was adopted. This 
wis followed bv an address on "Christian Education" by Prof. 
M. H. Kendall of Mars Hill College. 

A rpport on the work of the Baptist Orphanage was given 
by W. C. Reed, superintendent. 

Rpport of nominating committee was adopted. 

Report of committee on time and place was adopted. Chest- 
nut Grove Baptist church was selected as the place and Sep- 
tember 13-14. 1952. the time. Preacher, E. V. Bumgarner and 
alternate, A. K. Taylor. 

EVENING SESSION, SPARTA BAPTIST CHURCH, 7:30 P. M. 

Snpcial organ music by Mrs. Marjorie Armentrout. 

Meeting called to order by Miss Donna Jones, training 
union director. 

Across on "Importance of B. T. U." by James P. Morgan, 
Stat" Director. 

Folk songs by Dr. I. G. Greer. 

Invocation by Rev. F. G. Walker. 

SUNDAY MORNING SESSION, SEPT. 9, 1951 10:00 A. M. 

The Sunday morning session was opened with song. De- 
votional was conducted by Rev. F. G. Walker. 

The following visitors were recognized: Dr. and Mrs. I. G. 
Orepr. of the Mount Union Association; Dr. N. D. Fox and 
familv of the Pilot Mountain Association. 

Report on Association Sunday School work by Walter P. 
Johnson was adopted. 

■R^Dort on orphanage by Mrs. T. S. Moxley was adopted. 

The <?°<;sion was brought to a close by an inspiring ser- 
mon on "Using Our Gifts" by Dr. I. G. Greer. 

R*TO**T OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

Van F. Miller, Moderator. 

fT. E. Sincletary, Vice-Moderator. 

fto 0r £o Shenhprd. Clerk-Treasurer. 

A. O. .Toinps. Auditor. 

John M. Cheek, Historian. 

F W. "Roval, Choir Director. 

l\Trq Walter Johnson, Pianist. 

w q |t„ r Johnson, Association S. S. Suporintendent. 

Mrs. R. E. Richardson. Association W. M. U. President. 

Miss Donna Tonps. Training Union Director. 

J. B. Ropd. Hosnital Reprps«*ntativp. 

Respectfully submitted, F. W. Royal. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 7 

In Memoriam 

Belview — Mrs. Laura Plummer. 
Liberty — J. T. Fender. 
Mt. Carmel — Mrs. Hattie Woodruff. 
Osborne Memorial — Mrs. Blanche Young. 
Sparta — W. B. Beeves. 

WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION REPORT, 19,31 

Woman's Missionary Society, or W. M. S. is an organiza 
tion for the women of a Baptist church which meets regularly 
and has for its aims: To enlist women in prayer, study of the 
missionary message of the Bible and world missions; regular 
contributions to missions, community missions, and missionary 
education of young people. 

We now have in our association only three churches, Laurel 
Springs, Liberty and Sparta, that have such an organization. 
We had high hopes of the women in other churches catching 
a vision of being "Laborers Together With God" in His King- 
dom Work but instead we regret to report that the Scottville 
W. M. S. became inactive last year; however, there are en- 
couraging phases of our Woman's Missionary work. We had 
a very fine annual meeting at the Laurel Springs church in 
June, at which time our State Young People's Secretary, Miss 
Hilda Mayo of Raleigh, and Miss Ernelle Brooks, Missionary 
to Nigeria, brought inspiring and challenging messages. In the 
past four and one-half years we find our gifts to all objects 
have totaled $1,450.00, and our membership has climbed from 
38 in 1947 to 80 in 1949 but has now dropped to 49, yet our 
gifts have increased each year steadily, from $226.00 in 1947 
to $325.00 in 1950, which shows that the faithful few have let 
their added interest in mission study and sessions of prayer 
bear fruit in increased offerings. Although we have soecial 
offerings we encourage our women to give regularly in the 
church through the cooperative program. 

The work of the cooperative program can best be express- 
ed by the following story from Dr. Merrill D. Moore, Di- 
rector of the Division of Promotion of the Southern Baptist 
Convention: 

The Deacon beside me said, "Brother Moore, I have cer- 
tainlv been busy this week. I was in our Baptist College, and 
taught several classes of fine young students. The same dav 
I was across the state ministering to a sick man in our Baptist 
hospital. 

"The next day found me in New Orleans witnessing to a 
Hown-anH-out man, and in a western village telling them of 
.T°sus." My original reaction to his "I've been busy" had by now 
given way to incredulity. 

e continued. "Aft^r I took food to s^me bovs and girls in 
our Children's Home I went to Janan. There I listened to the 
testimonies of those whom God had recently saved and shared 



8 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION' 

with the crowd my own experience of how Jesus saves from 
sin." 

By now I was thinking, "What is wrong with this man?"' 
but I knew him well. He was not only sane and sound but he 
was a distinguished college professor,. Ralph DonnelL What 
could he mean? 

Still he continued, "The same week found me in Ogbo- 
mcsho, Africa, ministering to lepers. And then I was in Jeru- 
salem before a small group of burdened people. Almost un- 
consciously the words came forth: 'For God so loved the world 
that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth 
on H ; m should not perish but have everlasting life.' " 

"In Jerusalem? My friend, are you ill, or what is wrong?" 1 
I asked. 

"Neither ill nor wandering in my mind. I am merely telling 
3 r ou a few of the things I did this past week. You see, I put 
a part of myself in the offering plate in our church Sunday. 
Through the Cooperative Program I was busy last week." 

■Ppsrt^ctfullv submitted, Mrs. R. E. Richardson, Associa- 
tional W. M. U. Supf. 

REPORT ON RESOLUTIONS 

1. That the pastors and churches of the association put 
forth more Christian effort to cooperate with each other and 
their s i- Ster churches in the promotion of evangelism, mis- 
sions and the spirit of good will. 

2. That greater effort and emphasis be placed upon the 
Value of our Dailv Vacation Bible Schools and Training Union 
work in our association. 

3. That the association give a rising vote of thanks to the 
mpmb°rs and friends of the New Hope church for their most 
bountiful and delicious noon day meal and for their unfailing 
hospitality in entertaining the association. 

F. G. Walker and Dick Sheppard, Committee. 

REPORT ON ORPHANAGES 

The orphan child appeals to Christian love and human 
Svmoathy more than any other obiect on earth. We have 606 
of th<=se children cared for at the Mills Home at Thomasville 
and the Kennedy Home near Kinston. 100 were helped by 
mother's aid and 58 were cared for in boarding homes, mak- 
ing a total of 764 supported bv our orphanage program, under 
the able leadership of Supt. W. C. Reed. 

T'h^re are two maior sources of support for our program 
rf child carp. Th^ greatest of thes Q is the "Once-a-Month" 
offering bv the Sundav Schools and churches. Some of our 
churches in this association participate in this program. We 
want to urge the others to do so. The other sources is the 
"Thanksgiving offering. All this money is used exclusively for 
the s'mport of the children. 

All bm'ldings are being erected by special gifts from in- 
forAgfe-d friends. A church, an infirmary, a print shop and one 
cottage for the children are now being erected through the 
p^nerons homies + of the late Robert M. Tdol and sister, the 
late Miss Lelia M. Idol, Winston-Saiem. The donars designat- 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 9 

ed in their will that this money should be used for these 
buildings, which totaled a little more than $700,000. 

Each week "Charity and Children" are sent to more than 
40,000 families. Through this publication we are able to keep 
informed of the work done at the orphanage. 

Representatives are sent to every association and many 
of our local churches are visited during the year. 

Let us Baptist people continue to respond in the spirit of 
the Master who said. "Whosoever receiveth one such child 
in my name, receiveth not only me, but Him that sent me." 

May we continue our prayers and support and help to 
give these homeless children the best training possible. 
Respectfully submitted, Mrs. T. S. Moxley. 

REPORT ON EVANGELISM 

"Evangelism has made us what we are and -evangelism 
must maintain us," said Dr. E. D. Head recently. Evangelism 
is the law of the life of the church. Evangelism is the law of 
the life of the soul. Without evangelism there can be no warm 
heart, no compassion, and no soul aflame. If we are to be 
heart and spirit and compassion as a people we must magnify 
evangelsim. 

Secretary C. E. Matthews puts it this way, "Let our ob- 
jective be to make evangelists of every pastor and soul-win- 
ners of every church member." 

Evangelism is and ever will be the one and only hope of 
our confused, frightened, bleeding and dying world. Like as 
Noah, Jonah, Jeremiah, Amos and John, the Baptist warned 
the people concerning the wages of sin, summoning them to 
repentance and faith in the Lord, so today and all the days, 
preachers and teachers and editors and secretaries and a 1 ! 
christian workers, all and each, are called to witness daily in 
their homes, in their places of employment, in th^ir hours of 
leisure, and everywhere, to the Lamb of God that takes away 
the sins of the world. 

While every church in this Association did not have a 
meeting during the Simultaneous Evangelistic Crusade it is 
understood that every church in the association hf-s had a 
meeting during the year and the reports for the 18.000 church- 
es east of the Mississippi River indicate an incr°as Q in church 
membership of 165,000 with 100,000 coming for bantism. We do 
not know of any such record of evangelistic results anywhere 
in church history. May Southern Bap+'sts take heart and even 
increase its efforts to win the lost to Christ. 

Respectfully submitted, Mrs. F. G. Walker. 

TEMPERANCE REPORT 

None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to him^lf. 
The life of the individual effects the life of a community. Pri- 
vate morality becomes public morality. Therefore the condi- 
tions of society which affects us are very imnortant. 

Juvenile delinquency, crime and gambling are prevalent 
in our land to an alarming degree, but the liquor traffic is 
the outstanding menace to our nation today. Out of it grows 
almost all other evils which beset us. It is a breeder of di- 



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saasa; a breaker of homes; a dethroner of reason; a compan- 
ion of war and a destroyer of the soul. "At last it biteth like 
a serpent, and stingeth like an adder." 

We deplore the fact that the liquor traffic is producing 
alcoholics at such a rapid rate. Approximately seventy-five 
per cent of the adult men and fifty-six per cent of adult wo- 
man in America drink alcoholic beverages. When this per- 
centaga is translated into the numbers of people of drinking 
age 05 and above) who drink, the figure is between 60,000,000 
and 65,000,000. In this vast segment of our population 4,000,000 
are compulsive drinkers and at least 750,000 are chronic alco- 
holics. However, the term alcoholic includes the entire num- 
ber of 4,000,000. Alcoholism is America's greatest problem. 

The amount of money spent annually for legal beverage 
alcohol amounts to approximately $8,800,000,000, while the 
amount of money spent for public and private schools, all col- 
leges and universities, schools for delinquents, blind, deaf, 
mentally dHKctent, Indians and for school libraries is only 
$5, 200,000,000. The amount sn^nt for the promotion of the 
K"ingr)om of God bv all religious bodies amounts to only 
$910,000,000 which is a little more than the tithe of what is 
spent for liquor. These figures are not only revealing but thev 
are alarming. 

Church people should be aroused to the fact that the 
liquor traffic is their most deadly enemy striking at the very 
foundation of the church of Jesus Christ. Dr. Roy L. Smith 
says, "There is no social, moral or religious value which the 
church is endeavoring to build up, that the liquor business 
is not tearing down. There can be no appeasment. The church 
of Christ must destroy the liquor traffic or be destroyed by 
it." Which will we choose? 

Respectfully submitted, F. G. Walker. 

BAPTIST LITERATURE REPORT 

We are living in a time when too many people depend 
on someone else for their information. They are not reading, 
thinking and making wise decisions for themselves. 

The older class, as well as the young folk, are pitifully 
n^gl^cting wholesome reading. 

As the force of evil have strong attractions for our young 
people, wa as church people and parents should strongly 
s f r Q ss the importance of reading and the value of good litera- 
ture in our homes. c 

The b n ok of all books, the Bible, should come first in our 
fopHirig material, p^d then we have our own Baptist paper, 
Biblical Reorder, Charity and Children and others that con- 
tain priceless roaming material. 

Wh^r> St. John wrote in Rev. 1:3 "Blessed is he that 
roR^oth" he was not, by anv means, thinking of unwholosome 
reading nor of magazines that, ar Q corrupt and demoralizing. 
Respectfully submitted, F. W. Royal. 

STAT^M^NT FOTR, RFPORT ON 
NORTH CAROLINA BAPTIST HOM^S FOR AGING 

The North Carolina Baptist State Convention in its Novem- 
ber 1950, session authorized the committee on the home for the 



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aging to make plans for the opening and operation of our 
home for the aging as soon as the committee might find a 
way to meet the ^o?t of equipping and operating. Because of 
the drive to raise money for the construction of the new wing 
to the Baptist hospital, the Convention instructed the com- 
mittee for the home not to expect direct help from the Bap- 
tist State Convention during the year 1951. 

On January 9, the committee on the home elected Rev. 
James M. Hayes, pastor of North Winston Baptist church, 
Winston-Salem, superintendent of the home, and Miss Edna 
Heinzerling, director of nurses of the Baptist hospital, to serve 
as supervisor of our home. The committee decided to open 
the home for residents when sufficient funds became available 

There are many evidences of the Lord's favor upon the 
home thus far. In the first place, he led in making a home 
immediately available. Ten years ago the trustees of the Bow- 
man Grav school of Medicine of Wake Forest College leased 
a three-story, brick constructed, fireproof building, with an 
elevator, for a period of 25 years for $1.00 a year. The commit- 
tee on the home was able to secure this building for 15 years 
at the same rental price. The building accommodates 20 resi- 
dents at present. The top floor, if completed, would give space 
for 16 additional residents. The completion of this floor would 
cost approximately $23,000. With more than 100 applications 
for admission already received, and inquiries coming almost 
daily, one can easily see the pressing need of more space. 

The home has been greatly helped by the gifts received — 
furniture, office equipment, heating system, blankets, linens, 
towels, and many other items, as well as discounts on sup- 
plies necessary to be purchased. Although the home has been 
operating only since March 16, yet it now has assets approxi- 
mating $50,000, and is not operating in the red. 

Our residents range in age from 67 to 91 years, and come 
from widely scattered sections of North Carolina — from Frank- 
lin to Elizabeth City — the mountains to the sea. Regardless 
of the sections from which they come, they are a happy, con- 
genial family, all rejoicing in the opportunity to live in the 
home. The attitude of all the residents is well expressed in 
the brief statements of Miss Bertha Callaway, former matron 
of Mills Home Orphanage: "I like this good Christian home;" 
and of Mrs. Carroll: "I wouldn't exchange it for any other." 

The home offers four things to those who come to live 
there: security, comfort, congeniality, and a Christian ministry. 
With this sort of program, North Carolina Baptists can add 
years to life, and life to years for those who reside in our 
Baptist home for the aging. 

One donor said when he sent his check to the home: "I 
believe in this practical kind of Christianity. North Carolina 
Baptists have waited too long to begin it." Surely it is practical, 
for Jesus said: "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." 

The committee on the home has challenged North Carolina 
Baptists to build a home adequate to meet the needs of the in- 
creasing number of old people from 65 years up. Their pro- 
gram calls for a million dollar plant, which would accom- 
modate 270 residents. With the Lord leading and North Caro- 



\2 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

lina Baptists cooperating, such a plant should be built and in 
operation within a few years. 

"Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake 
me not." (Psalm 71:18). 

A STATEMENT ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

The purpose of this statement is to give general informa- 
tion on our Baptist colleges in North Carolina for those who 
will be making the report on Christian Education in the an- 
nual meetings of our Associations throughout the state. In ad- 
dition to the information about North Carolina colleges, we 
are inclosing a statement on our colleges throughout the South- 
ern Baptist Convention. 

In my five years of visiting these associational meetings, 
I am convinced that the most effective type of report will in- 
clude not only general information about Christian Education 
on a Southwide and Statewide basis, but also the number of 
young people from the churches in the Association who are 
attending these colleges. I would suggest that the person pre- 
paring the report secure from the pastors of the churches in 
the Association the names of these students and, wherever 
possible, invite some student from one of these colleges, or 
a former graduate, to be present and have a part on the pro- 
It has been my hope that through the newspaper publicity 
and through the churches, all young peonle planning tn at- 
tend college might be urged to come to the m Q etings of the 
Associations and have an opportunity to meet the representa- 
tives of the different colleges who find it possible to attend. 
We try to have representatives from the various colleges go 
to these metings in order that they may talk to these young 
people and give them any help possible. 
E. C. Minnich. 

MISSIONS 

There are two passages of scripture which w o^^ht *»v°r 
to keep in our thinking about missions. Jesus sa 1 '^, '"Hie Field 
is the World," Matthews 13:38, and Paul says in Eph o s'ans 6:12, 
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against prin- 
cipalities, against powers, against the rulers of rlprk^^ss of this 
world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." 

Jesus told us the field is the world. He used su^b terms as: 
"All the world, every Christian, the whole creation." H Q saw 
the world in need of salvation. Paul assured us the task of 
winning the world is spiritual warfare. 

The spirit of mission whether state, home or foreign is 
the same. 

Home missions include the territory of the eonvention. 
Cuba, Panama Canal Zone and Costa "Rica. We lmve ov^f a 
thousand missionaries laboring with foreign sneaking p Q opl°, 
deaf people and others, who are destitute of religious training. 

Baptists are seeking to carry out the command of our 
Lord, "Unto the uttermost parts of the world by sending 
foreign missions into thirty geographical areas. Foreign mis- 
sion advance depends upon devotion to Christ. It is hoped that 
all the churches in this association will support this worthy 
cause with contribution. 

Respectfully submitted, Mrs. Jettie Matthews. 



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ANNUAL 

MINUTES 

OF THE 

Alleghany Missionary Baptist 
Association 

56TH ANNUAL SESSION 

— Held With — 

CHESTNUT GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 

September 13-14, 1952 

Next Session Will Be Held With 

BELLVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH 

September 12-13, 1953 

oOo 

Introductory Sermon By 

Rev. J. D. Whisnant 

Rev. C. H. Mc Knight 
Alternate 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



.ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION GENERAL OFFICERS 

Van F. Miller, Moderator Laurel Springs, N. C. 

H. E. Singletary, Vice Moderator . . Sparta, N. C. 

■George W. Shepherd, Clerk-Treasurer Laurel Springs, N. C. 

A. O. Joines, Auditor ... Sparta, N. C. 

John Cheek, Historian Sparta, N. C. 

F. W. Royal, Chorister Cherry i..ane, N. C. 

Mrs. Walter Johnson, Pianist Sparta, N. C. 

Walter Johrson, Ass'n S. S. Supt. Sparta. N. C. 

Mrs. R. E. Richardson, Ass'n W. M. U. Pres. Whitehead, N. C. 

Miss Donna Jones, Training Union Director . . Sparta, N. C. 

EXECUTIVE C OMMITTEE 

Van F. Miller, Chairman, Ex-Officio . Laurel Springs, N. C. 

George W. Shepherd, Clerk Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Amos Wagoner Sparta Church 

W. F. Doughton Laurel Springs Church 

F. W. Rcyall Mt. Carmel Church 

A O. Joines Liberty Church 

C. E. Jones Bellview Church 

Pcsey Pruitt Pine Fork Church 

Glenn Vestal New Hope Church 

Ernest Wilson . Welcome Horns 

COMMITTEES ON REPORTS FOR 1952 

1. Representative of Baptist Publication, Mrs. A. O Joints, 

Mrs. Paul Swanson. 
"2. Hospital, Mrs. E. W. Shepherd, Mrs. E. C. Minnich. 

3. Orphanage, Mrs. Carrie Maines, Mrs. Jettie Matthews. 

4. Temperance, Rev. B. L. Hash. 

5. Missions, Mrs. Ben Reeves, Mrs. Jack Byrd. 

6. Education, Mrs. H. E. Singletary, Mrs. A. O. Joines. 

7. Evangelism. Rev. J. D. Whisnant, Rev. Jack Byrd. 

8. Woman's Missionary Union, Mrs. R. E. Richardson. 

9. Training Union, H. E. Singletary. 

10. Sunday Schools, Walter P. Johnson. 

11. Committee on History of Alleghany Associatoin — John M. 

Cheek. Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. W. B. Estep, W. F. Doughton, 
Hon. R. L. Doughton. 

12. Daily Vacation Bible School, F. W. Roy all, Pos-y Pruitt. 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. Garnett Smith Glade Valley, N. C. 

Rev. Evprett Shaw Glade Valley, N. C. 

Rev. William Hamm Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Rev. Lee Woodruff Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. Linville Blevins Piney Cr pQ k, N. C. 

Rev. Jack Byrd Sparta, N. C. 

NON - RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. John Edwards Independence. Va. 

Rev. J. D. Whisnant Taylors ville. N. C. 

Rev. A. K. Taylor Independence, Va. 



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^v. Peauford Hash Marion, Va_ 

Rev. Charlie Jackson Mt. Airy, N. C. 

Rev. Roe Pasley Grassy Creek, N. C'_ 

Rev. C. H. McKnight Independence, Va_ 

Rev. Bradley Mays Elk Creek, Va_ 

Rev. John Goodman West Jefferson, N. C 

Rev. John Adams Independence, Va- 

Rev. Homer Mayhan Independence, Va. 

Rev. Clyde Edwards" Lewisville, N. C 

CONSTITUTION 

PREAMBLE: We, the messengers of Baptist churches in 
the County of Allgehany, State of North Carolina, and territory 
adjacent thereto, do hereby propose to establish and maintain 
the order of a district Association in comformity to the follow- 
ing plan: 

Article 1. The name of this organization shall be Allegh- 
any Baptist Association. 

MEMBERSHIP 

Article 2. The members of this Association shall consist 
of all pastors serving constituent churches together with all 
churches and such messengers as may be selected by the 
churches comprising it and duly certified to in the annual let- 
ters sent by the churches to the appointed meetings, the basis; 
of representation being three messengers for each church hav- 
ing a membership not exceeding fifty and one additional mes- 
senger for each increase of fifty, or fraction thereto: Provided 
that no church have more than five messengers from its lay 
membership. 

OBJECTS 

Article 3. The object of this body shall be to devise and re- 
commend measures for increasing the unity and growth, the 
intelligence and spiritual powers of the churches, and for the 
developing and directing their energies, their resources and 
their gifts, in promoting the Kingdom of God on the earth in 
compliance with the New Testament principles and in coopera- 
tion with the State Baptist Convention and the Southern Bap- 
tist Convenion. 

POWERS AND PREROGATIVES 

Article 4. While disclaiming the right of authority to in- 
terfere in the affairs of any local church, this Association as- 
serts its privilege of using its discretion in receiving churches 
into its fellowship, and in withdrawing fellowship from any 
church found on careful investigation to be walking in disorder 
or failing in practice to endorse and support the missionary 
and benevolent work of the Baptist denomination. 

Article 5. The Association shall meet annually, the time 
and place being determined at the previous session; and each 
annual assembly shall organize itself by properly enrolling its 
membership, and by electing from its membership, at the reg- 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



ular appointed time, the following officers: Moderator, Vice- 
Moderator, Clerk - Treasurer, Auditor, Historian, Associational 
Sunday School Superintendent, Associational Training Union 
Director, Associational W. M. U. President, Choir Director and 
Pianist. The newly elected officers shall assume the duties of 
their office at the close of the session at which they are elected. 
The Moderator and Clerk shall arrange an order of business 
and program for each session, subject to change if the Associi- 
tion so desires. 

Article 6. At each annual session an Executive Committee 
:shall be appointed by the Association, which Committee shall 
consist of the general officers of the body together with the 
pastor of each church, which member shall be nominated by 
the church or by delegates present from the churrh and ap- 
proved by the Association. This Crmmittee shall meet as oftefi 
as it may desire for the effectual execution and performance 
of its duties. At its discretion it may select out of its own mem- 
bership a smaller Committee of not less than five members to 
act in its behalf between sessions of the full Board. 

Article 7. At each annual session there shall be appointed 
a committee to make report at the subsequent session on the 
following subjects: Eoreign Missions, Home Missions, State Mis- 
sions, Christian Education, Baptist Orphanage, Hospital, Per- 
iodicals, Sunday Schools, Training Unions, Woman's Mission- 
••ary Union, Temperance and Public Morals. 

DUTIES OF OFFICERS 

Article 8. It shall be the duty of the Moderator to open 
the meeting punctually at the appointed time, to enforce the 
rules, to decide all questions of order subject to an appeal to 
the Association, and appoint all committees unless otherwise 
ordered. 

Article 9. It shall be the duty of the Vice-Moderator to 
discharge the duties of the Moderator in his absence. 

Article 10. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to keep a faith- 
ful record of the proceedings of the Association, to superintend 
+v, Q p-Hntjncr and the distribution of the same; and to keep on 
file the printed minutes and other important documents be- 
longing to the body. 

j\i cicle 11. It snail be the duty of the Treasurer to receive 
p^H nav over to the nroper parties all the money contributed 
direct to the Association by the churches and make an annual 
report to the Association. 

Article 12. It shall be the duty of the Auditor to examine 
annually the Treasurer's books and attest the report 

Article 13. It shall be the duty of the Historian to collect 
and put in some durable form all facts and interest about each 
of the churches of the Association and make a report at each 
'session of this body. 

Article 14. It shall be the duty of the Association Sunday 
School Superintendent to promote the work of the Sunday 
School in the Association. 

Article 15. It shall be the duty of the Associational Train- 
ing Union Director to promote the work of the Training Union 
:in the Association, 



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Article 16. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee 
to transact the business of the Association ad interim as speci- 
fied in Article Three. It shall contract no debts in the name of 
the Association without its specific authority. It shall make an- 
nual reports to the Association of the general state of missions. 
and the work- done,. 

Article 17. This constitution may be amended by a vote 
of two thirds of the members present at any annual session. 

ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES 

(Reprint from "The Minutes of a Convention organizing the- 
Ashe and Alleghany Association held at Buffalo Church in 
Ashe County, September 24, 25, 1886)" 

rst. We believe in one only true and living God; and that 
there are three persons in the God-head — the Father, the Son 
end the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. 

2nd. We believe that the Bible — the Old and New Testa- 
ment — is the Word of God, and the only rule of faith and 
practice- 

ord. We believe in the impotency of man, and the sover- 
eignty of God, 

4th. We believe that salvation is by Grace, through faith in 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

5th. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances instituted by Jesus Christ, to be practiced only by 
believers in their scriptural order. 

6th. We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a believ- 
er in water by a qualified administrator. And that only those 
Who are thus baptized and are in fellowship with the Church 
in feeling and in doctrine, should take the Lord's Supper. 

7th. We believe in the final perseverance of the Saints in 
Grace to Glory. 

8th. We believe in the ressurection of the dead and a Gen- 
eral Judgment, 

9th. We believe that the existence of the righteous and of 
the wicked will both be of eternal duration and that the hap- 
piness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will 
both be eternal. 

T. M. Duncan, 

I. W. Thomas, 

C. J. Woodson, 

J. E. Fletcher, 

E. L. Tucker, Committee. 

RULES OF ORDER 

L This Association shall be opened and closed with pray- 
er. 

2. A majority of members present shall be a quorum for 
the transaction of business, except in matters relating to the 
constitution, k 

3. Brethren invited to seats with us shall have the privilege 
of discussion but not of voting. 

4. No question shall be discussed without a motion and sec- 
ond. All motions made and seconded shall be definitely stated 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



by the Moderator, or at his request, be read by the Clerk be- 
fore vote is called for. If a motion contains two or more points 
it shall be divided by request of one member and the vote taken 
separately. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing before 
being put to a vote. 

5. Members wishing to speak shall rise and address the 
Moderator and be recognized by him. He shall confine him- 
self to the question under consideration, and avoid all person- 
alities. He shall not speak more than twice on the same sub- 
ject and not over fifteen minutes without permission from the 
body. 

6. When a question is under discussion no other motion or 
proposition shall be received except to adjourn, to lay on the 
table, to amend, to commit, to postpone to a definite time, 
which several motions shall have preference in the order in 
which they come. 

7. The Association shall have the right to decide what sub- 
jects shall be admitted for consideration. 

8. Any church failing to be represented in this body either 
by messengers or by letter for two sessions will be subject to 
the discipline of the body. A committee will be appointed to 
visit the church and aid them in any way possible and in case 
the church shall not report for the third year it shall be ex- 
cluded from the fellowship of the Association. 

9. No member shall absent himself permanently from the 
session of the Association without the permission of the Mod- 
erator. 

10. All questions of order not herein provided for in these 
Rules of Order shall be decided by Rules or some recognized, 
"'Parliamentary Practice," preferably "Roberts" or Kerfoots. 



Proceedings 



Saturday morning session, September 13, 1952, 10:00 A. M. 

The session was opened with song and the devotional. The 
devotional was conducted by Rev. C. H. McKnight. The mod- 
erator, Van Miller, called the association to order. 

Visitors were recognized and welcomed as follows: 

S. L. Blevins, Mrs. Etta Blevins, M. L. Blevins and J. A. 
Brown from Stone Mt. Association. C. H. McKnight, New River 
Assoc; M. H. Kendall, Mars Hill College: R. M. Hauss, Allied 
Church League; B. Frank Hasty, Wake Forest College and E. 
V. Bumgarner, Alexander Assoc. 

A roll call of churches was conducted by Moderator, the 
report of executive committee was made by W. F. Doughton, 
Chairman, and was adopted. 

Report of Baptist publications by Mrs. A. O. Joines was 
adopted. 

Report on W. M. U. by Mrs. J. K. Doughton was adopted. 

Report on Evangelism by Rev. J. D. Whisnant was adopted. 

Hymn. 

Rev. R. M. Hauss, representing the Allied Church League, 
gave a report on the success in combating the sale of alcoholic 
beverages in many counties in North Carolina, after which an 



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offering was taken for this cause in the amount of $43.72. 

The following committees were appointed by Moderator 
Van Miller. Committee on officers, Amos Wagoner, Mrs. George 
Shepherd, Glenn Vestal. Committee on time, place and preach- 
er, Tommy Moxley, Oscar Shumate and Mrs. Paul Swanson. 
Committee on resolutions, A. O. Joines, Posey Pruitt and Rev. 
Charley Jackson. 

Report on missions by Mrs. Ben Reeves was adopted. 

Hymn. 

The morning session closed with a sermon delivered by 
Rev. E. V. Bumgarner. 

Afternoon Session, September 13, 1952, 1:30 P. M. 

The session opened with a hymn. 

Devotional was conducted by Rev. J. D. Whisnant 

Visitors were recognized as follows: 

Rev. J. M. Hayes, Superintendent of N. C. Baptist Home 
for the Aged; Dr. W. K. McGee, Baptist Hospital and Earl 
Parson, North Wilkesboro, N. C. 

Address by Rev. Frank Hasty, on the proposed work and 
cost of Wake Forest College. 

A report was given by M. H. Kendall on Christian con- 
viction. 

A report on the Cooperative Program by J. C. Pipes. 

A report on the Baptist Hospital by Mrs. E. W. Shepherd 
was adopted. Following this report Dr. W. K. McGee gave an 
address on Christianity in the hospital. 

Rev. J. M. Hayes gave a report on the Home for the Aged. 

Report of the nominating committee was adopted. 

Report of Committee on time, place and preacher was 
adopted. 

Bellview Baptist church was selected as the place, Sep- 
tember 12-13, 1953, the time, and preacher, Rev. J. D. Whisnant. 

Evening session at Sparta Baptist Church, 7:30 P. M. 

Miss Donna Jones, B. T. U. Director, presiding. 

Prelude on Organ by Miss Susie Sturdivant. 

Hymn: The Church is One Foundation. 

The devotion was conducted by Rev. Jack Byrd. 

Need of Leadership — Miss Barbara Miller. 

Playing the Game Fair — Miss Patsy Hill. 

A duet — All On The Alter — by Miss Patricia Fdwards and 

H. E. Singletary. 
A talk by Mrs. M. A. Chanler, Our Young People. 
Song — The Kingdom Is Coming. 
Report on Sparta B. T. U. by H. E. Singletary. 
Closing prayer by Rev. Jack Byrd. 

Sunday Morning Session, September 14, 1952, 10:15 A. M. 

The session opened with a hymn, after which Rev. Charlie 
Jackson conducted the devotional. 

The Moderator, Van Miller, appointed A. O. Joines to rep- 
resent the Home for the Aged. 

A visitor was then recognized, W. C. Reed, Superintendent 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 7 

of the Baptist Orphanage. The report on Associational Sun- 
day School by Walter Johnson. 

Report on orphanage by Mrs. Van Miller was adopted. 

An inspiring address was then given by W. C. Reed, 
Superintendent of Baptist Orphanage. 

Hymn. 

A special song "The Ninety and Nine'" by Walter Johnson. 

The closing sermon was delivered by Rev. Jack W. Byrd. 

The program was concluded by a hymn and hand shake 
of fellowship. 



REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

During the past year we have had only one meeting, that 
was to make arrangements to pay for some repairs on the 
parsonage. We feel there should be more cooperation with 
churches, and the committee. 

There is now only one resident pastor living in the bounds 
of the association. Let us plan to get a good man in our house 
during the next few months. There are many reasons why 
ihe pastor should live among his members. 
W. F. Doughton, Chairman. 



RELIGIOUS LITERATURE 

1952 

"Give me understanding and I shall keep thy law. yea I 
shall observe it with my whole heart" says the author in 34th 
verse of 119 Psalm. Understanding of God's word comes through 
prayerful study of the Bible. 

Dr. Lawrence of the Home Mission Board once said, "To 
know the Bible without knowing the efforts being made to 
spread the gospel is to miss the most valuable commentaries 
upon the scriptures. Surely invaluable aid is found in our 
Baptist literature in books, tracts, periodicals, etc. The Sunday 
school board prints hundreds of such. The Home and Foreign 
Mission Board publishes valuable mission study books, leaf- 
lets and fresh monthly magazines of just what is taking place 
on our mission fields. 

The Woman's Missionary Union publications are graded 
and attractive for every age. 



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The Biblical Recorder is the official news agency of our 
State Convention. It, with Charity and Children afford splen- 
did, inspirational articles, as well as the news of the activities 
of all our church organizations. Every home should have ac- 
cess to these. 

Baptist literature ranks with the best in uplifting ma- 
terial. It has been truly said, "A nation goes in the direction 
of the literature it reads." Genuine Christian literature will 
satisfy real heart hunger for knowledge of God's people. Good 
literature will cultivate a spirit of love, devotion and loyalty. 

There is no virture in ignorance. Let us rejoice in the op- 
portunity to get good reading matter for our uplift and be- 
ware of cheap news stands. 

No doubt there will be renewed interest in Bible reading 
this fall, when the new 1952 Bible is off the press. This is the 
first authorized version of the Holy Bible since the King 
James version was printed in 1611. Some Bible scholars and 
theologians have been working for twenty years or more to 
translate it in our modern day language. Among those of the 
Baptist faith were: J. R. Sampey, A. T. Robertson, K. M. Yates, 
T. L. Holcomb, Hight C. Moore and C. J. Allen. 

The Bible and these varied publications are the treasure 
chests to which we can go for gems of learning to supply our 
spiritual zest, our programs, and our inspiration. 

We would therefore recommend your generous support 
of our Baptist publications where unto they have been dedi- 
cated. And may they accomplish an ever increasing measure 
1he work for which they were brought into being. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. A. O. Joines, Chairman. 

The Woman's Missionary Union has chosen as her watch- 
word for the year 1952-53 John 4:35 — "Lift up your eyes and 
look on the fields for they are white already to harvest." In 
this verse the command of our Lord is to "look."' This com- 
mand is just as important as his commands to "pray" and "go"'. 
Our Christian service begins and expands as we look at the 
world and its needs as Christ did and still does. It was his 
looking from heaven and seeing the lost world that caused 
him to come down to save it. "I have seen their affliction and 
have come down to deliver" was spoken of him through the 
prophet Isaiah. Many times he refers to his having come all be- 
cause of what he saw. The look prepares us also to pray and 
go. 

If we could lift our eyes to the level of his look, many 
important things would stand out on the horizon of humanity. 
We would see earth's millions lost in sin who have not yet 
heard of the saving power of the gospel. A great many Christ- 
ians are indifferent to the condition of men without Christ. 

Through mission study, missionary reading and monthly 
missionary programs in the four magazines, the Woman's Mis- 
sionary Union offers to our women and young people the op- 
portunity to "look on the fields" and to become linked to the 
world wide missionary task. 

Praying and looking we see fields ready for the harvest. 
We are living literally at the harvest time of all ages. Most of 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 9 



the doors are open today. Eager people aren't only stretching 
iorth their hanus but are moving tuward the claims oi the 
Christian gospel. It is the supreme hour of evangelism in many 
lanes, iiitie is no near, no tar to our missionary vision; there 
is one world of eternal souls to be rescued and saved through 
Christ. We are seeking to begin through community missions 
to reach these near us at home of all races and nationalities, 
giving missionary education to the young people and extend- 
ing our prayers and gifts to those of the world. We are stew- 
ards of the message and we should not dare to quibble about 
the cost in the presence of Calvary. 

"Lift up your eyes and look on the fields for they are 
white aireauy to harvest." 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. J. K. Doughton. 

REPORT ON EVANGELISM 

If you would go directly to the heart of missions, if we 
would feel the pulse of God's eternal word, and if we would 
•catch the heart throb of man's redeemer we would unitedly 
declare Evangelism from Dan to Beer Sheba. Evangelism was 
born in the neart of God, revealed and established in Jesus 
Christ, and intended that man should propiagate it to the ends 
>of the world. 

Evangelism as such became an organized and adopted 
part cf our Cooperative Program when The Southern Baptist 
Convention met at St. Louis in 1947. According to Dr. C. E. 
Matthews, Secretary of Evangelism for our Home Mission Board 
an all time record in baptisms for Southern Baptists was realiz- 
ed in 1947 with 285,152. He states that we continued to set all 
time high records each year following 1947, until in 1950 we 
baptized 376,085. 

Dr. J. C. Canipe of Hendersonville, N. C, our State Secre- 
tary of Evangelism stated to our Convention at Asheville last 
year that 1, 250 out of our 2,500 churches reported 1,600 bap- 
tisms and 5,000 additions to the churches by letter, as a re- 
sult of our Simultaneous Crusade March 25 - April 8, 1951. 

These figures are fine but how much do we really be- 
lieve in Evangelism? Dr. J. B. Lawrence reporting on the 
Home Mission Task to The Southern Baptist Convention in 
1951 brings to our attention the startling fact that in 1943 it 
took 27.2 Baptist's a year to win one soul to Christ and in 
1950 it took i8 Baptist's a whole year to win one soul. Sure- 
ly we need to restudy The Great Commission as given by our 
Saviour, and feel His heart throb for Evangelism. 

Surelv we need to see our one and one half million lost 
souls in North Carolina, our thirty nine million in the South, 
b.u^ the near two billion lost souls in the wond. To bring 
this picture home to us here in Alleghany Association, we 
have a population of around eight thousand and so far as we 
know sixty per cent or perhaps more of them are lost to the 
saving Grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Surely 
today we need to rededicate our lives to the task of Evange- 
lism. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
J. D. Whisnant 



10 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION" 

REPORT ON THE NORTH CAROLINA BAPTIST HOSPITAL 

When Jesus was here in the flesh he healed many that 
w?re sick. Our Baptist Denomination seeks to continue the 
work that Jesus did through our Baptist hospital. It is the busi- 
ness of our hospital to do all that is possible to heal the hund- 
reds of s ; ck people who go there each week in search of relief 
from disease. Many of those who call for help cannot pay for 
the care received. It is our opportunity through our Mothers 
Day Offerings to make it possible for our hospital to answer 
these calls for help from those who have little or no money. 

Last year more than 10,000 people were cared for as bed 
patients. There were 95,000 visits to the clinics for examina- 
tions and treatments. Many of these patients could pay for 
only a part of their hospitalization or none at all. Much of this 
service could not have been provided without the help of our 
Mother's Day Offerings. 

The construction of the new wing to the hospital is in 
nrogress and is expected to be completed by middle of 1953. 
This will add 150 new beds and other badly needed facilities. 

We hope that before this year closes every one of our 
churches in the Alleghany Association will have done its part 
in helping with the cost of this building. 

Our Baptist State Convention will meet in Winston-Salem, 
November 11-13. This will be an excellent opportunity for many 
of us to visit our Hospital. Arrangements will be made for 
visitors to get from the meetings of the Convention to the hos- 
pital and for guided tours through the Hospital. 

Jesus said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 
least of these my brethern, ye have done unto me." (Matt. 25:- 
40). Let us give our best in the name of our Lord in meeting 
the opportunity to help sick people who need the service of 
our Baptist Hospital. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. E. W. Shepherd. 

MISSIONS 

There can be very little doubt as to what Christ has com- 
manded His disciples to do. The Great Commission fixes that 
— it is "Unto all nations beginning from Jerusalem." It is the 
churches of Christ going into all the world without limitation 
and preaching the gospel to every creature. 

This is not a foreign mission task alone, nor is it a home 
mission task, or state mission task — it is the kingdom task of 
the whole denomination. The approach to the world kingdom 
task which Christ has assigned us is and must always be from 
the homeland of the people who have the gospel. 

Through the years we have made great progress. We now 
have 803 Southern Baptist Missionaries on foreign fields. One 
hundred eleven of these were appointed within the last year. 

Work has been started in three additional countries: Ecua- 
dor and Peru in South America and Southern Rhodesia in 
Africa. With these additions, the Board has Missionaries in 
twenty-seven national areas of the world. 

While great strides have been made, future advance will 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 

depend entirely upon the enlarged vision and enlargd giv- 
ing of our Baptist people. 

We cannot all be Missionaries but we can remember our 
state, home, and foreign mission boards with our dollars and 
with our prayers. Then, we may have a small part in helping 
to carry out the command of our Lord when He said, "Go ye 
into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." 
Mrs. Ben Reeves. 

During the past year a lot has been accomplished at both 
homes of our orphanage. Under the leadership of Superinten- 
dents, W. A. Smith of Kennedy Home and C. A. Kearns of 
Mills Home, the affairs of these large families have been so 
directed as to develop among the children and employees a 
fine spirit of cooperation in every way. 

Our big task this year has been to see that the wills of 
the Idol family were carried out. One hundred thousand dol- 
lars of this money was placed in endowment and the income 
from this is to be used exclusively for repair of the three 
memorial buildings. 

The Print Shop is completed and has been named Robert 
M. Idol Memorial Building. 

The Infirmary is almost finished and will be named the 
Lelia M. Idol Memorial Building. 

The Church with 46 classrooms is under contract and will 
be built as soon as steel can be secured. This will be named 
the Sarah Masten Idol Memorial Building in honor of the 
mother of the donors. 

In addition to the above a new cottage for girls has been 
added and three of the oldest cottages have been remodeled 
so that now they are among the best on the campus. 

A recreation center is also under construction and should 
be ready before Christmas. This will be named the I. G. Greer 
Recreation Center. 

During the past year our orphanage cared for 725 child- 
ren. In addition to these, our Social Service staff investigat- 
ed the applications of 684 others, and in many instances help- 
ed to find them a home where they would be cared for. For 
67 years this service has been carried on through our great 
orphanage. This has been financed through the once-a-month 
and the Thanksgiving offering. In planning for the Thanks- 
giving offering if everyone will add a little extra it will help 
the ever increasing demands of the needy children who look 
to the orphanage for their chance in life. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. Van Miller. 

Report Of The Associational Sunday School Year 

The past year was one of much activity in our associational 
Sunday School work. The State Baptist Sunday School Board 
in cooperation with seven of our twelve churches conducted 
a cunty-wide Sunday School revival. Rev. D. P. Brooks of 
the state convention led a group of trained workers in this 
event. Much support was given by leaders in our Association. 

The work consisted of a trained worker, in each participat- 
ing church, leading those participants in a census taking of 



12 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

potential members. Each church also had a week of study re- 
garding the building of a better and more effective Sunday 
School. The results were immediate and expected to be last- 
ing. 

In June of this year we held an Associational-Sunday 
School all-day meeting at the Sparta Church. This meeting was 
held the Saturday before our Revival Week began on the fol- 
lowing Sunday. It added much to the success of the program. At 
this meeting we heard the following present an interesting 
series of talks. They were Rev. Paul Bruner of Mt. Airy; J. 
Marsh Grant, editor of the Charity & Children; Rev. D. P. 
Brooks Director of Baptist Sunday School work. 

It was decided at this meeting that we would hold an an- 
nual Sunday School Convention each Spring. The time and 
place of the next meeting to be announced later. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Walter P. Johnson, 
Associational Sunday School Supt. 



In Memorial 



Bellview — W. F. Jones, Mrs. W. F. Jones. 
Liberty — Arthur Brooks, Enoch Hamm. 
Osborne Memorial — Rufus Phipps. 
Sparta — Brother D. C. Bledsoe. 

REPORT OF NOMINATING COMMITTEE 

Van F. Miller, Moderator. 

H. E. Singletary, Vice-Moderator. 

George Shepherd, Clerk-Treasurer. 

A. O. Joines, Auditor. 

John M. Cheek, Historian. 

F. W. Royal, Choir Director. 

Mrs. Walter Johnson, Pianist. 

Walter Johnson, Association S. S. Superintendent. 

Mrs. R. E. Richardson, Association W. M. U. President. 

Miss Donna Jones, Training Union Director. 

J. B. Reed, Hospital Representative. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Amos Wagoner, Chairman Nominating Comm. 

RESOLUTIONS REPORTS 

The members of your Resolutions Committee are grateful: 

1. For the visiting speakers who contributed so largely to 
the success of this meeting. Their inspiration and information 
were sources of great pleasure and helpfulness. 

2. To the Chestnut Grove Church community for their 
gracious hospitality, delicious, and bountiful meal. 

Your Committee Recommends: 

1. That we become more diligent in fostering the training 
of our young people in Sunday Schools, Daily Vacation Bible 
Schools and Training unions. We believe that the pastors should 
have an active association to plan the work in all the churches. 

2. That the Churches put forth more Christian effort to 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 13 

cooperate with each other in the promotion of evangalism, 
missions, and the spirit of goodwill. Christlike love should 
abound among individual members. 

3. That each officer feel the personal responsibility of 
doing the best work in his sphere. We should rely more wholly 
upon the Lord as we strive to extend the kingdom work 
through missionary endeavors. 

Respectfully submitted, 

A. O. Joines, 

Posie Pruitt, 

Rev. Charlie Jackson. 



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ANNUAL 

MINUTES 

OF THE 

Alleghany Missionary Baptist 
Association 

57TH ANNUAL SESSION 

— Held With — 

BELL VIEW BAPTIST CHURCH 

September 12, 13, 1953 

Next Session Will Be Held With 

SPARTA BAPTIST CHURCH 

September 11-12, 1954 

_ — • — ^oOo 

Introductory Sermon By 
Rev. Charlie Jackson 

Rev. C. H. Mc Knight 
Alternate 



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ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 1 

ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION GENERAL OFFICERS 

"Van F. Miller, Moderator l^aurel Springs, N. C. 

H. E. Singletary., Vice-Moderator Sparta, N. C. 

-George W. Shepherd, Clerk -Treasurer . . Laurel Springs, N. C. 

A. O. Joines, Auditor Sparta, N. C. 

John Cheek, Historian Sparta, N. C. 

F. W. Royal, Chorister Cherry Lane, N. C. 

Mrs. Walter Johnson, Pianist .Sparta, N. C. 

Walter Johnson, Ass'n S. S. Supt Sparta, N. C. 

Mrs. R. E. Richardson, Ass'n W. M. U. Pres. . . Whitehead, N. C. 
.Miss Donna Jones, Training Union Director .... Sparta, N. G. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Van F. Miller, Chairman, Ex-Officio . . . Laurel Springs, N. C. 

George W. Shepherd, Glerk Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Amos Wagoner Sparta Church 

W. F. Doughton Laurel Springs Church 

F. W. Royall Mt. Carmel Church 

A. O. Joines , . . ~ . Liberty Church 

C. E. Jones . . . . Bellview Church 

Posey Pruitt , Pine Fork Church 

Glenn Vestal New Hope Church 

Ernest Wilson Welcome Home 

COMMITTEES ON REPORTS FOR 1954 

1. Representative of Baptist Publication, Mrs. Eugene Shepherd. 

2. Hospital, Mrs. Glenn Vestal. 

3. Orphanage, Mrs. Ray Purliar. 

4. Temperance, Rev. S. L. Blevins. 

5. Missions, Mrs. A. O. Joins. 

6. Education, Mrs. Jack Byrd. 

7. Evangelism, Rev. Jack Byrd. 

8. Woman's Missionary Union, Mrs. li. E. Ri'chardson. 

9. Training Union, H. E. Singletary. 

10. Sunday Schools, Walter P. Johnston. 

11. Committee on History of Alleghanv Association, John M. 
Cheek, Mrs. F. Miller, Mrs. W. B. Estep, W. F. Doughton, 
Hon. R. L. Doughton. 

12. Daily Vacation Bible School, Rev. William Hamm. 

RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. Garnett Smith Glade Valley, N. C. 

Rev. Everett Shaw Glade Valley, N. C. 

Rev. William Hamm Laurel Springs, N. C. 

Rev. Lee Woodruff , . , Sparta, N. C. 

Rev. Linville Blevins Pmey Creek, N. C. 

Rev. Jack Byrd Sparta, N. C. 

NON - RESIDENT MINISTERS 

Rev. John Edwards Independence, Va. 

Rev. J. D. Whisnant *fk Taylorsville, N. C. 

Rev. A. K. Taylor J . Independence, Va. 

Rev. Beauford Hash Marion, Va. 

Rev. Charlie Jackson .......... Mt. Airy, N. C. 



2 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Rev. Roe Pasley Grassy Creek, N. C. 

Rev. C. H. McKnight Independence, Va. 

Rev. Bradley Mays Elk Creek, Va. 

Rev. John Goodman West Jefferson, N. C. 

Rev. John Adams Independence, Va. 

Rev. Homer Mayhan Independence, Va. 

Rev. Clyde Edwards Lewisville, N. C. 

CONSTITUTION 

PREAMBLE: We, the messengers of Baptist churches in 
the County of Alleghany, State of North Carolina and territory 
adjacent thereto, do hereby propose to establish and maintain 
the order of a district Association in oomfcrmily to the follow- 
ing plan: 

Article 1. The name of this organization shall be Allegh- 
any Baptist Association. 

MEMBERSHIP 
Article 2. The members of this Association shall consist 
of all pastors serving constituent churches together with all 
churches and such messengers as may De selected by the 
churches comprising it and duly certified to in the annual let- 
ters sent by the churches to the appointed meetings, the basis 
of representation being three messengers for each church hav- 
ing a membership not exceeding fifty and one additional mes- 
senger for each increase of fifty, or fraction thereto: Provided 
that no church have more than five messengers from its lay 
membership. 

OBJECTS 
Article 3. The object of this body shall be to devise and re- 
commend measures for increasing the unity and growth, the 
intelligence and spriitual powers of the churches, and for the 
developing and directing their energies, their resources and 
their gifts, in promoting the Kingdom of God on the earth in 
compliance with the New Testament principles and in coopera- 
tion with the State Baptist Convention and the Southern Bap- 
tist Convention. 

POWERS AND PREROGATIVES 

Article 4. While disclaiming the right of authority to in- 
terfere in the affairs of any local church, this Association as- 
serts its privilege of using its discretion in receiving churches 
into its fellowship and in withdrawing fellowship from any 
church found on careful investigation to be walking in disorder 
or failing in practice to endorse and support the missionary 
and benevolent work of the Baptist denomination. 

Article 5. The Assocation shall meet annually, the time 
and place being determined at the previous session; and each 
annual assembly shall organize itself by properly enrolling its 
membership, and by electing from its membership, at the reg- 
ular appointed time, the following officers: Moderator, Vice- 
Moderator, Clerk - Treasurer, Auditor, Historian, Associational 
Sunday School Superintendent, Associational Training Union 
Director, Associational W. M. U. President, Choir Director and 
Pianist. The newly elected officers ^hall assume the duties of 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION "3 

their office at the close of the session at which they are elected. 
The Moderator and Clerk shall arrange an order of business 
and program for each session, subject to change if the Associa- 
tion so desires. 

Article 6. At each annual session an Executive Committee 
shall be appointed hy the Association, which Committee shall 
consist of the general officers of the body together with the 
pastor of each church, which membor shall be nominated by 
the church or by delegates present from the church and ap- 
proved by the Association. This Committee shall meet as often 
as it may desire for the effectual execution and performance 
of its duties. At its discretion it may select out of its own mem- 
bership a smaller Committee of not less than five members to 
act in its behalf between sessions of the full Board. 

Artcile 7. At each annual session there shall be appointed 
a committee to make report at the subseouent session on the 
following subjects: Freign Missions, Hume Missions, State Mis- 
sions, Christian Education, Baptist Orphanage, Hospital, Per- 
iodicals, Sunday School, Training Unions, Woman's Mission- 
ary Union, Temperance and Public Morals. 

DUTIES OF OFFICERS 

Article 8. It shall be the duty of the Moderator to open 
the meeting punctually at the appointed time, to enforce the 
rules, to decide all questions of order subject to an appeal to 
the Association, and appoint all committees unless otherwise 
•ordered. 

Article 9. It shall be the duty cf the Vice-Moderator to 
discharge the duties of the Moderator in his absence. 

Article 10. It shall be the duty of the Clerk to keep a faith- 
ful record of the proceedings of the Association, to superintend 
the printing and the distribution of the same; and to keep on 
file the printed minutes and other important documents be- 
longing to the body. 

Article 11. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to receive 
and pay over to the proper parties all the money contributed 
direct to the Association by the churches and make an annual 
report to the Association. 

Article 12. It shall be the duty of the Auditor to examine 
annually the Treasurer's books and attest the report. 

Article 13. It shall be the duty o fthe Historian to collect 
and put in some durable form all facts and interest about each 
of the churches of the Association and make a report at each 
session of this body. 

Article 14. It shall be the duty of the Association Sunday 
School Superintendent to promote the work of the Sunday 
School in the Association. 

Article 15. It shall be the duty of the As?ociational Train- 
ing Union Director to promote the work of the Training Union 
in the Association. 

Article 16. It shall be the duty of the Executive Committee 
to transact the business of the Association ad interim as speci- 
fied in Article Three. It shall contract no debts in the name of 
the Association without its specific authority. It shall make an- 



4 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

nual reports to the Association of the general state of missions 
and the work done. 

Article 17. This constitution may be amended by a vote 
of two thirds of the members present at any annual session. 

ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES 

(Reprint from "The Minutes of a Convention organizing the 
Ashe and Alleghany Association held at Buffalo Church in 
Ashe County, September 24, 25, 1886)" 

1st. We believe in one only true and living God; and that 
there are three persons in the God-head — the Father, the Son 
and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. 

2nd. We believe that the Bible — me Old and New Testa- 
ment — is the Word of God, and the jnly rule of faith and 
practice. 9biM 3 

3rd. We believe in the impotency of man, and the sover- 
eignty of God. 

4th. We believe that salvation is by Grace, through faith in 
our Lord Jesus Christ. 

5th. We believe that Baptism and the Lord's Supper are 
ordinances instituted by Jesus Christ, to be practiced only by 
believers in their scriptural order. 

6th. We believe that Baptism is the immersion of a believ- 
er in water by a qualified administrator. And that only those 
who are thus baptized and are in fellowship with the Church 
in feeling and in doctrine, should take the Lord's Supper. 

7th. We believe in the final perseverance of the Saints in 
Grace to Glory. 

8th. We believe in the ressurection of the dead and a Gen- 
eral Judgment. 

9th. We believe that the existence of the righteous and of 
the wicked will both be of eternal duration and that the hap- 
piness of the righteous and the punishment of the wicked will 
both be eternal. 

T. M. Duncan, 

I. W. Thomas, 

C. J. Woodson, 

J. E. Fletcher, 

E. L. Tucker, Committee. 

RULES OF ORDER 

1. This Association shall be opened and closed with pray- 
er. 

2. A majority of members present shall be a quorum for 
the transaction of business, except in matters relating to the 
constitution. 

3. Brethren invited to seats with us shall have the privilege 
of discussion but not of voting. 

4. No question shall be discussed without a motion and sec- 
ond. All motions made and seconded shall be definitely stated 
by the Moderator, or at his request, be read by the Clerk be- 
fore vote is called for. If a motion contains two or more points 
it shall be divided by request of one member and the vote taken 
separately. All resolutions shall be reduced to writing before 
being put to a vote. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 5 

5. Members wishing to speak shall rise and address the 
Moderator and be recognized by him. He shall confine him- 
self to the question under consideration, and avoid all person- 
alities. He shall not speak more than twice on the same sub- 
ject and not over fifteen minutes without permission from the 
body. 

6. When a question is under discussion no other motion or 
proposition shall be received except to adjourn, to lay on the 
table, to amend, to commit, to postpone to a definite time, 
which several motions shall have preference in the order in 
which they come. 

7. The Association shall have the right to decide what sub- 
jects shall be admitted for consideration. 

8. Any church failing to be represented in this body either 
by messengers or by letter for two sessions will be subject to 
the discipline of the body. A committee will be appointed to 
visit the church and aid them in any way possible and in case 
the church shall not report for the third year it shall be ex- 
cluded from the fellowship of the Association. 

9. No member shall absent himself permanently from the 
session of the Association without the permission of the Mod- 
erator. 

10. All questions of order not herein provided for in these 
Rules of Order shall be decided by Rules or some recognized, 
"Parliamentary Practice," preferably "Roberts" or Kerfoots. 

Proceedings 

Of The Alleghany Baptist Association Held With 

Bellview Baptist Church 
Furches, N. C. 

Saturday Morning Session, September 12, 1953 

The Alleghany Baptist Association opened the first day of 
its 57th annual meeting at 10:00 a. m. with Moderator Van 
Miller presiding. The session was opened with a hymn by the 
congregation. The devotional was conducted by Rev. C. H. 
McKnight. 

The following visitors were recognized and welcomed by 
the Moderator. 

J. W. Eldreth, Ashe Association; Rev. and Mrs. W. T. 
Biggerstaff, Raleigh, N. C; Rev. Edgar Castevens, Briar Creek 
Association; Jeffie Daniel, Alexander Association; Prof. R. L. 
Holt, Mars Hill College; Dr. W. K. McGee, Baptist hospital; 
Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Collins and Rev. R. M. Perry, New River 
Association. 

Roll call of churches by Moderator. The roll call was 
answered by ten of the twelve churches, others came in after 
the roll call was completed. 

The report of the executive committee was made by Chair- 
man W. F. Doughton and was adopted. 

Report of Baptist publication's was given by Mrs. Paul 
Swanson, the report was adopted. 



6 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

Dr. W. K. McGee gave an address on the many benificial 
needs of the new wing to the Baptist hospital. 

Report on W. M. U. by Mrs. R. E. Richardson. The report 
was adopted. Mrs. Richardson then introduced Rev. A. R. Phil- 
lips, who gave an address on our missions in foreign lands. 

Report on evangelism by Mrs, Jack Byrd,. the report was 
adopted. 

The following committees were appointed by the Moderator. 

Nominating committee: 

H. E. Singletarv, chairman; Mrs. R. E. Richardson; Mrs.. 
T. S. Moxley. 

Time, place and preacher committee: 

Paul Swanson, chairman; Rev. Charley Jackson; Mrs. Amos 
Wagoner. 

Resolutions Committee: 

Rev. Jack W. Byrd, chairman; Mrs. Glenn Vestal, Mrs. E. 
W. Shepherd. 

Hymn by congregation. 

The moderator then introduced Rev. H. J. Ford of Elkin 
who preached our annual introductory sermon. He read from 
the 13th Chapter of Romans, and took his text from the 11th 
verse: "and that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to 
awake out of sleep; for now Is our salvation nearer than when 
we believed." 

Recess for lunch. 

Rev. Charley Jackson returned chanks for the food. 

Afternoon session opened with hymn by congregation. 

Devotional was conducted by R. L. Holt The moderator 
called for recognition of visitors, but no new visitors had ar- 
rived. 

Report on Christian Education by Mrs. A. O. Joins. Re- 
port was adopted. 

Professor R. L. Holt gave an address on our Christian sup- 
ported schools in comparison with those supported by the 
state. 

Rev. W. T. Biggerstaff, a member of the United Church 
League, gave an address on temperance. 

Two new visitors arrived and were recognized at this 
time, Rev. J. M. Hays, Supt. of the Home For The Aged and 
M. A. Huggins, representative of the cooperative program. 

Song by congregation. 

M. A. Huggins gave an address on the cooperative program. 

Address was then given by Rev. J. M. Hays on the im- 
portance of a special offering for the Home for the Aged. 

The moderator then called for a report of the committees; 
report of the nominating committee: report of committee on 
time, place and preacher; report of committee on resolutions. 

The moderator then asked if there was any further busi- 
ness to come before the association. 

Rev. Willie Hamm made a motion that all churches have 
and equal number of delegates to the association, which would 
consist of five delegates for each church in the association. 
The motion was seconded and voted on but did not carry the 
necessary majority for passage. 

The association was adjourned until the evening session 
which was to be held at the Sparta Baptist Church. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 7 

Sunday Morning Session, Sept. 13, 10.00 a. m. 

The session was opened with a song by the congregation. 

The devotional was conducted by Rev. Jack Eyrd. 

Recognition of visitors. 

Morris Grant 

Report was given on associational Sunday Schools b$ r 
Walter Johnson, Associational Sunday School Superintendent. 

Report was given on orphanage toy Mrs. A. O. Joins. He- 
port was adopted. 

The moderator then introduced Morris Giant, representa- 
tive of the Orphanage who gave an enlightening and very in- 
teresting illustration of the orphaned children. He used photo- 
graphs of the children and surroundings as they appear in 
everyday life at the orphanage. 

Hymn. 

The closing sermon was conducted by Rev, J. M. Haj^s. 

He read from the 1st chapter of Acts and took his text 
from the 4th verse: "Ye shall be my witnesses unto me." 

Rev. Jack Byrd led the closing prayer. 

REPORT ON EVANGELISM 
Dr. Gaines S. Dobbins, in his timely book. Evangelism Ac- 
cording to Christ, says, "The bad news of sin and death must 
he met with the good news of God's redemptive love in Christ 
if disaster is to be turned into blessedness. Only an evangelism 
possessed of the spirit of Christ and practiced in accordance 
with his example will suffice for this age of crisis." 

The Southern Baptist slogan in Sunday School work for 
the coming year is, "A million more in 54." That is to say, a 
million more enrolled in Southern Baptist Sunday Schools. The 
implication is for more than this. Think of the possibilities 
for Christ. Surely Alleghany Baptist will strive to win every 
lost soul in their share of the one million. 

Let us place evangelism at the center of all our endeavors 
in the work of the church. Furthermore, let us pray thta God 
may continue to use us in presenting His Christ and winning 
the lost to Him. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Jack W. Byrd. 

Evening session at Sparta Baptist church, 7:30 p. m., H. E. 
Singletary presiding. 

The following program was given by young people of the 
Sparta Church. 

1. Song by congregation. 

2. Prayer. 

3. Special music by the Sparta Junior Choir, 

4. Special music by Miss Wilma Richardson. 

5. Impirational address by Rev. Jack Byrd, pastor Sparta 
Baptist Church. 

6. A period of fellowship at which time games were play- 
ed and refreshments were served in the basement of the church. 



8 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

REPORT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

Your committee had only two meetings. At one meeting 
we made arrangments to make some improvments on the par- 
sonage property. A garage and storage rooms which was built 
and some tips for the front, which were built and paid for at 
a cost of $1,252.90. rE! 

We recommend that a committee be appointed at this ses- 
sion to work with the Moderator and Executive Committee to 
make a determand effort to secure a good man to move to the 
parsonage soon to be the pastor of as many of our churches 
as he can well act as pastor of. 
Respectfully submitted, 
W. F. Doughton. 

Report on time, place and preacher committee. 

The time will be 2nd Saturday and Sunday in September, 
1954. 

The place, Sparta Church. 

Introductory sermon by Rev. Charley Jackson of Welcome 
Home Church. 

Alternate, Rev. C. H. McNight. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Paul Swanson, chairman, 

Other Members, 

Chas. Jackson, 

Mrs. Amos Wagoner. 

RESOLUTIONS REPORTS 

The Resolutions Committee expresses deep appreciation: 

1. To the women and all members of the Bellview Bap- 
tist Church for their very fine hospitality extended so gracious- 
ly to us in so many ways. 

2. For the many informative reports and inspiring mess- 
ages from our visitors and others who have contributed to- 
ward the success of this associational meeting". 

The committee Recommends: 

1. More interest and concern be given to the young people 
throughout the association. There is urgent need for B. T. U. 
Organizations and Daily Vacation Bible Schools. 

2. More attention be centered upon the women's work. 
There is imperative need for more W. M. U. Organizations in 
the various churches. 

3. Greater emphasis be placed upon our cooperative pro- 
gram in all the churches. Every church member should be in- 
formed concerning our Baptist work. Each church should ob- 
serve the special days at which time special offerings are made 
for certain causes. 

4. All the churches strive to carry out their work in the 
spirit of Christ and fervent prayer. Let us put forth every 
effort to foster the spirit of cooperation with one another in 
brotherly love which is so akin to the Christ we serve and 
to whom we belong. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Jack W. Byrd, 
Mrs. Glenn Vestal, 
Mrs. E. W. Shepherd. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 



ORPHANAGE REPORT, (1953) 
As we know the orphanage is divided into two units — the 
Mills Home, at Thomasville, and the Kennedy Home, at Kins- 
ton. No facts and figures can compute the immeasurable good 
they have done. Many young lives otherwise destined for ruin 
have been developed and trained into stalwart Christian men 
and women. These two branches of our Baptist Orphanage have 
outstanding and consecrated leaders. We are justly proud of 
the work thus far accomplished. But more can be done. The 
responsibility for greater deeds rests on our shoulders — the 
more we contribute the more service can be rendered. Keep 
these things in mind during the monthly Sunday School and 
yearly Thanksgiving offerings. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Mrs. Arthur Matthews. 

REPORT ON CHRISTIAN EDUCATION 

Since the educational facilities of the local church will be 
discussed individually in reports of Sunday School, Training 
Union, Woman's Missionary Union and good literature, we shall 
omit reference to these and consider our Baptist Colleges. 

Baptist Colleges were founded fur the purpose of extend- 
ing Christian education to the youth. Thty have grown in in- 
fluence and usefulness until they have "ttracted young men 
and women not only from this country, but also from foreign 
countries. Through the years these colleges have operated for 
the benefit of the youth and the advancement of the kingdom. 
Many of the graduates have become our most prominent min- 
isters and teachers. 

Let us remember that we are Southern Baptists and we 
own six seminaries, namely: Southern Baotist Theological Sem- 
inary, Louisville, Ky.; New Orleans Seminary, New Orleans, 
La.; Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, Tex.; Golden Gate 
Seminary, Berkley, Calif.; Southeastern Seminary, Wake For- 
est, N. C; and American Baptist Theological Seminary for 
negroes, Nashville, Tenn. About three fourths of the 4,727 stu- 
dents enrolled are ministers. 

Baptists also own sixty-two other colleges in the various 
states in the Southern Baptist Convention. North Carolina alone 
has seven. Meredith and Wake Forest are senior colleges, while 
Mars Hill, Gardner-Webb, Campbell, Wingate, and Chowan are 
junior colleges. The total enrollment last vear was 5,000. Among 
these were 422 ministerial students a ad 300 student volunteers 
being trained for full time Christian service. These trained 
young men and women will be able 10 take their places in our 
world as leaders and in all departments of our churches. So- 
ciety is sorely lacking in spiritual qualities and tendencies, and 
Christian citizenship is greatly needed. 

As the masses of the people becjme more intelligent and 
better trained through the improved educational opportunities 
provided by the state, Baptists have tried to make available a 
sufficient number of well educated men and women to per- 
meate society with Christian thought and a Christian philosophy 
of life. 

Therefore, I wish to recommend the North Carolina Bap- 



10 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

tist Colleges to our youth for Christian education. Daniel Web- 
ster once said, "If I work upon marble, it will perish; if I work 
upon brass, time will efface it; if I rear temples, they will 
crumble into dust; but, if I work upon immortal minds, it will 
imbue th^rn with principles, with just fear of God and love 
of cur f 'llowmen, we engrave on these tablets something which 
will brighten to all eternity." 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. A. O. Joines. 

REPORT OF WOMAN'S MISSIONARY UNION 

As we look back over the past year we have a mixed feel- 
ing of gratitude and regret. Gratitude that God has blessed us; 
in so many ways and has not withdrawn the opportunities for 
service from us. There is also a sense of regret that some of 
our organizations are not so active and that nine of our 
churches have no organized W. M. U. work at all. 

In the words of Miss Annie Armstrong who served eigh- 
teen years as Secretary of our Southwide Union in its infancy: 
"There is a grevious responsibility in not doing." 

We are grateful for the faithfulness of those in our mem- 
bership of fifty - four W. M. S. members and thirty - three 
Girls Auxiliary members who have worked, studied, prayed 
and given $131.92 to Foreign Missions; $42.40 to Home Missions; 
$23.30 to State Missions: $28.00 to Heck-Jones Memorial Offer- 
ing making a total of $215.00. More than 75 per cent of our 
members also give through the co-operative program in their 
churches. 

During the past year Sparta W. M. U. has taken on new 
life as the two circles have met once each month separately 
and have come together in a general meeting once a month, 
also five M. S. classes. They observed the seasons of prayer for 
Foreign Missions in December by meeting for one hour each 
day for five successive days for prayer and study and in March 
for Home Missions likewise. There were many testimonies to 
the blessing received in these special prayer services. It is only 
through prayer and faith in God that we can find the power 
for advance of which we hear so much today and which is 
needed so desperately in our time of confusion and unChrist- 
like living. "This is the victory that has overcome the world 
even our Faith." 

Our annual meeting was entertained by Liberty church. 
We heard very inspiring and challenging messages brought by 
our State Field Representative, Mrs. John Wacaster, and a 
Home Missionary, Miss Bertha Wallis. We were also happy to 
have greetings from our Divisional Representative, Mrs. R. T. 
McNeill of North Wilkesboro. Among the new officers elected 
were Rev. Jack W. Byrd, Associational R. A. Counselor and 
Mrs. Jack Byrd, Young Peoples leader. 

May we go forward during the coming year — "Not by 
might, not by power, but by my Spirit saith Jehova of Hosts." 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. R. E. Richardson, 
Associational W. M. U. Superintendent. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 11 

MISSIONS 

That Christ expects his followers to be missionary minded 
is clearly set forth in the twenty-eighth chapter of St. Matt- 
hew. Southern Baptist in an endeavor to live up to Christ's 
expectation have as their objective the evangelization of the 
whole wide world and for this task they must have motive, 
money and men. 

Our churches and our people must be inspired to go into 
all the world with the gospel. The treasuries of our agencies 
must be supplied with sufficient funds to send out the work- 
ers who the Lord shall call into the various fields. The very 
best of our young people with the most adequate training 
available must answer the call of Christ and dedicate them- 
selves to the task of preaching the gospel to those who do not 
have it. 

But money, motive and men for mission work are pro- 
duced as the fruits of denominational life. In order for that 
fruit to be developed there must be the tilling of the homeland 
life. However, no movement will promote itself, consquently 
our slogan has been and should continue to be. the making and 
baptizing of diciples and the mobilization of the baptized for 
world conquest for Christ. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Mrs. Jack W. Byrd. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL REPORT FOR 1953 ASSOCIATION 

Walter P. Johnson, Associational Supt. 

The coming year of 1954 challenges the best we have in the 
Alleghany Association. We must dedicate ourselves to the task 
of building our Sunday Schools in each of our Baptist churches 
in this county. 

Presently the attendance record of our Sunday Schools 
are way below what we should reasonably have. If you will 
check the tables in the back of this minute you can see what 
the churches are doing. 

The Southern Baptist Convention has set a goal of "A Mil- 
Ion More In 54." This means that each church in our associa- 
tion has a responsibility in helping to reach this goal. 

Our fields are ripe unto harvest. Workmen for Christ are 
called upon to respond to the call of service in our Sunday 
Schools of Alleghany County Baptist Churches. 
Respectfully Submitted, 
Walter P. Johnson. 

SUGGESTED REPORT (1953) 
NORTH CAROLINA BAPTIST HOMES FOR AGING 

The youngest member of our Baptist family of institutions, 
the North Carolina Baptist Homes, Inc., has had the best year 
since it began operating, March 16, 1951. 

Resthaven, with space for twenty residents, has been filled 
to capacity. The number of inquiries for rooms has increased 
into the hundreds. 

The Home received its best financial support. The share 



12 ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 

received from the nine year program (1952) was $14,062.80; 
our first special day offering, February 15, exceeded $52,000; 
and from individuals, churches, and auxiliary organizations we 
have received $12,380.33, as of August 1. 

The response to the first special day offering for the home 
was most encouraging. More than half of our 3055 Baptist 
churches responded. About seventy-five per cent of the amount 
came from the smaller churches. 

Considering the short time our home has been operating 
(2 years), and the fact that this was the first opportunity to 
appeal to our churches for a special offering, all of us should 
be encouraged by the response. Our next special day offering, 
February 21, 1954, should amount to $100,000. 

On June 18, this year, property was purchased for a Branch 
Home at Albemarle. This property, consisting of a vacated 
hospital building and a nurses' home building and nearly three 
acres of land, was purchased for $25,000. It will cost an equal 
amount to renovate the property. Even so^ it is well worth twice 
the amount invested. Thus, we can care for 60 residents — 20 
at Resthaven, Winston-Salem; and 40 at the Albemarle Home. 

At the time of purchase, it was hoped that the branch home 
would be ready for operation by October 1, this year. 

The general health of the residents has been exceptional- 
ly good, considering the range of their ages, 66 to 93. There has 
been only one death this year. The spirit and the general at- 
titude of the residents have been most satisfactory. 

There are many evidences of increasing interest in our 
homes. Pastors, conducting worship services, have brought de- 
legations from their churches to share the inspiration of wor- 
ship with our residents. Auxiliary and Sunday school groups 
have frequently visited us to conduct devotional services. Gifts 
of supplies and cash are often received from these various or- 
ganizations. 

Plans for the future enlargement are encouraging. With 
a general special day offering in February, 1954, and other 
special gifts from individuals and corporations, we should be 
ready to begin construction of our administration building, 
which would give us room for fifty additional residents, and 
making our total capacity 110 residents. 

Since North Carolina Baptists now number more than 
700,000 members, with thousands of our constituency now 
over 65 years of age, we should keep in mind the great num- 
ber of our elderly brethern who need a home to provide securi- 
ty, comfort, congeniality, and a Christian ministry. Our 
North Carolina Baptist are able to meet the challenge to make 
adequate provision for the aging, and as "laoorers together 
with God," we can meet it. 

"Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not 
when my strength faileth" - Psalms 71:9. 

Superintendent Hayes requests that a representative for the 
Baptist Homes be elected at each Association. 



ALLEGHANY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION 13 



Memorial 



OUR BELOVED DEAD 

Laurel Springs Mrs. Mary Absher 

Laurel Springs Mrs. Ellen Moxley 

Liberty Mrs. H. C. Cheek 

Mt. Carmel Mr. David Osborne 

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